Monday, October 23, 2017

Free Gardening Books

We have a list of brilliant Gardening books that are free to access/download, and we share the list with you!
Please do read them.

Regards,
Asha

Herbal Teas - Blue tea

We brewed this Blue tea with Bluepea/Shankapushpi flowers that we organically grow at our garden. We pick the flowers in the morning, dry them in shade, and brew tea. Boil one cup of water, add the flowers, and allow them to steep; can also squeeze the color from the flowers.

Word of caution: Please check with your doctor, before consuming herbal teas. 

For benefits/uses, please see:www.ayurvedicindia.info/12-benefits-of-shankhapushpi-uses/

#rakeandspade_bluetea


Regards,
Asha

Herbal Teas - Pink tea

It's been raining here. Morning was damp and cold. We brewed some Pink tea to keep us warm. The Pink color came from infusing organically grown hibiscus flowers from our garden; we discarded the flowers' Stigma. This hot tea was served with a little lemon juice and organic honey.

Word of caution: Please check with your doctor, before consuming herbal teas.

For details about health benefits, see: homeofayurveda.org/hibiscus-ayurvedas-beautiful-remedy/




Regards,
Asha

Herbal Teas - Fennel Flowers

Today's herbal/floral tea brewed from Fennel flowers growing (organically) at our terrace garden smells great. The brew is simple; a cup of water boiled and poured over the flowers, and allowed to steep. Served hot.

Word of caution: Please check with your doctor, before consuming herbal teas.



Regards,
Asha

Herbal Teas - Hibiscus flowers and Sweet Basil seeds

This is 2-ingredient brew/infusion/tea - Hibiscus flowers and Sweet Basil seeds (sabja seeds). 

We grow the plants organically. Flowers washed, and Stigma removed from flowers before brewing; basil seeds cleaned as well. Soak the seeds in water a few hours prior. For tea, boil water, add petals, and allow to steep; remove the petals. Add soaked seeds (optional: along with the water in which it soaked). Can serve the tea hot or cold.

Can drink this brew lukewarm, with a bit of lemon juice. It's a refreshing drink.

A standard caution: Please ensure that you aren't allergic to any of these ingredients, before consuming the tea.

Health Benefits of Sabja Seeds:http://m.food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-surprising-health-benefits-of-sabja-seeds-1437915

Health Benefits of Hibiscus flower tea:
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/hibiscus-tea.html

#rakeandspade




Regards,
Asha

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More oranges at our terrace garden



We love oranges, and have enjoyed growing them at our terrace garden, and making marmalade from them. Those were the sour oranges. Check out Growing dwarf oranges in containers.
We are also growing these two mini/dwarf orange plants, which are flaunting tiny fruits, at our terrace garden. The peels (of unripe fruits) are absolutely fragrant! 
These are hybrid plants; we also have non-hybrid ones grown from seed, which will take longer time to grow/bear fruits. 
Happy Deepavali!

Regards,
Asha

Walker's owl moth

Erebus macrops/owlet moth/Walker's owl moth had been hovering over our porch and terrace garden for a few days now. We had a similar moth visit us a few years ago. We were able to click a photo, this evening, after a bit of circus. It's the second time that this variety of moth is visiting us. Wingspan is about 6-7 inches!

More about the moth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erebus_macrops

A nice article about importance of moths: http://www.mothscount.org/text/16/importance_of_moths.html

An article about how to encourage moths at garden: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=499



Regards,
Asha
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