Monsoons are all set to make an entry and if you think any of your gardening plans are going to be dampened, fret not!
Of course, gardening in the backyard might not be a feasible idea, but hey, this is perhaps the perfect time to put your terrace or even indoor space to some use.
We, at The Better India, have covered many stories of people whose love for gardening led them to make the best of their limited spaces and turn them into veritable oases of vegetables and fruits. You can read some of those here.
Vegetables can be easily grown during the rainy season, and that too using grow bags. You can find a wide range of grow bags and other garden accessories on The Better India Shop here.
However, remember that not every crop is suited to the dampness and humidity that follows.
Here are five vegetables that you can grow this monsoon, right in your home!
Good soil, sun and plenty of moisture, and you have a winner here! One of the easiest plants to grow, cucumbers are rather prolific, as they can thrive in grow bags that are replete with fertile and evenly moist soil. You can buy cucumber seeds here.
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One of the most loved veggies in India, how awesome it would be if you could grow these at home. Well, our beloved bhindi thrives during the monsoon when plants can be individually grown in grow bags. Additionally, these make excellent garden borders because of their beautiful burgundy-hued leaves, so you could grow them in your kitchen garden during other seasons as well. Check out The Better India Shop the seeds here.
Not just regular ones, even cherry tomatoes can be easily grown during monsoons. One of the most versatile and widely-used vegetables in the Indian cuisine that is originally a fruit, these are full of vitamin C. Get the seeds of both varieties here.
Salad, paratha, sambhar: an underdog of veggies that finds its way in a variety of dishes across the country. Yes, Radish it is! With several varieties that can be grown during the monsoon, let radish be your gardening experiment this rainy season. Buy radish seeds here.
Bitter, Snake, Ash, Bottle, Ridge: name any type of gourd, and you can grow it during the monsoons! In fact, this is the only time when these creepers grow vigorously and give a bountiful of healthy, watery vegetables throughout the season. While raised beds are perfect, grow bags also work perfectly for all types of gourds.
Besides these vegetables, you can also grow brinjal, lima beans (sem phali), beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, beetroot, Chinese Cabbage, broccoli and amaranthus in this season.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)