*While energy crises have become a sort of inalienable fact of life, the
electricity shortfall is expected to be worse than ever this coming summer
owing to fuel problems arising from liquidity crunch and water shortage.*
*CONDUCIVE weather conditions and supporting policies have overriding impact
on overall agricultural productivity. And unless the biological and economic
factors coincide, a bumper harvest is difficult to anticipate.*
Searching for the enchantment of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in
Karachi, Lahore, Quetta or wherever may sound like a very far-fetched
fantasy, but Shakespeare would have done so as long as there was a plant of
‘Thyme’ to be found.
Chopping vegetables at the kitchen counter this morning with heavy snow,
gusting sideways across my line of vision and wondering which gardening
subject readers may find of interest next, it suddenly struck me that the
majority of ingredients for vegetable spaghetti sauce I was making actually
came from my garden.
Obtaining a reliable supply of good quality seed can be extremely
problematic here in Pakistan and one way around this is, when you have grown
something that you consider to be worth increasing, or if an annual for
replanting the following season, then simply save your own seed from existing
Let’s face it; numerous apartments, for example, are pretty short of
natural light, as are a large number of downstairs rooms in close together
houses and the psyche of residents of such homes can be vastly improved by
having some indoor greenery to soften the contours of their lives and by
keeping them rewarding company.
Everyone can have a herb garden no matter which region of the country they
reside in. If you live in cities such as Karachi and Lahore, chances are that
you will be able to grow a wider variety of tender herbs during the cooler
winter months than in the hot summer ones. But no matter where you are, there
are quite a number of perennial herbs which can take both extremes of hot and ...
Imagine a three feet long sweet potato which, above ground, can climb up to
twenty feet and more and, as if this isn’t enough, bears bunches of
cinnamon scented flowers and you will understand exactly why I decided to
experiment with growing ‘Dioscorea batatas’.
The well known chrysanthemum family of plants, which is actually a member
of the Asteraceae genus, comprises of 20 distinct varieties all thought to
have originated in Europe and Central and Eastern Asia, with particular
emphasis being placed on China and Japan where certain species were
cultivated as long as 2,000 years ago.
Autumn is here and I am wondering where the time has gone. It seems just like
yesterday when last year I advised you on purchasing flowering bulbs.
Recently, I found myself face to face with my annual bulb dilemma. I had
strictly told myself that I was not going to the bulb store, even though a
friend had excitedly informed me that new bulbs had just arrived. But I am a
hopeless case ...