• Prabhakar Panday

Panday's House Garden

Updated: Jul 15, 2020

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

- May Sarton

This summer 2020 has been very unique, we have got this once in a lifetime opportunity to truly grow and not compete with others. Most of us have picked up some hobby, I picked up Gardening and cooking.

This is my first blog post and here I take you through the plants in my garden one by one.

1) Cherry Tomato

The cherry tomato is a type of small round tomato believed to be an intermediate genetic admixture between wild currant-type tomatoes and domesticated garden tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumb-tip up to the size of a golf ball and can range from spherical to slightly oblong in shape. I consume it with salads, Pizza toppings, Pasta and many other Asian dishes.

With an abundance of vitamins A and C, a cherry tomato boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant. It is also used in beauty care for both skin and hair. And if you get it straight from the plant grown by you, there is nothing better than that.

2) Aloe Vera & Flat-leaved parsley 

Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. It’s relatively simple to harvest an aloe plant for gel and juice which is part of various homemade beauty products. 

Flat Leaved Parsley is a close family member of Coriander. It is used often as a garnish, green parsley is used frequently as a garnish on potato dishes, it is also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K.

3) Mint Herb

Mint is a very important ingredient in many dishes and very commonly available plant all around the globe. It is very easy to grow and it grows all year round. 

The refreshing aroma of mint helps ease headaches. It also helps in weight loss by stimulating digestive enzymes, which help facilitate better absorption of nutrients from food.

Mint is an essential part of aromatherapy and helps beat depression. The strong smell coming out of mint plants helps reduce stress and it helps regulate cortisol levels and makes us resilient against stress.

Adding a leaf of mint in the tea or with lime juice or add them in smoothies this summer and benefit from its refreshing properties.

4) Coriander/Cilantro

Coriander is an herb that’s commonly used to flavor the dishes. Coriander is used in soups, garnishing as well as in Middle Eastern, and Asian meals, curries and spices.

Coriander helps lower your blood sugar, fight infections, and promote heart, brain, skin, and it keeps our gut in good health. It is an antioxidant-rich herb that has many culinary uses.

5) Chili Pepper

  This a relatively new member of the family and it will take time for them to flower and bear fruits. Chili is a must ingredient in almost each of Indian cuisine. Men have known of consuming chili for almost 6000 years, they are one of the first self-pollinating crops cultivated in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America. 

Chili is loaded with Vitamin C and helps us burn fat, it also fights cancer and other heart problems. Chili peppers fight Migraine and Sinus  which is very common due to pollution.

6) Flowering plants

No garden is complete without flowers, it amazing how a plant can convert filth into such beautiful and colorful flowers with a vivid range of fragrance. Whether its raining outside or sunny, my flowers always look up with dignity and put a smile on everyone, as if it's telling me that the source of my happiness is within me and outside situations must not affect me, I have to work on making my soil fertile, remove weeds from my mind and build a strong base, because stronger te roots are, larger a tree can grow.

	A special thanks to Aranza, my flatmate for bringing me these plants, without which I wouldn't have realized that I can build this small garden during this lockdown.

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