How Does your Garden Grow? Introduction

Written By

Sheela Kedarinath

How Does your Garden Grow? Loading

Over a yummy lunch of Indian Chinese cuisine, my friend and I got into a discussion of what we really wanted to do, going forward. We have had quite a life, a fulfilling career, marriage, babies and good husbands. Boredom was staring us right in the face – now that the babies have found newer pastures and our better halves are equally at a loss as to how to keep us busy.

We then decided that it may be a good idea to marry creativity with our contacts and presto, Zensai was born.

Plants, flowers, the soil and weeds have always been a part of my life over the last 20 years and will continue to be so. It is this which enables me to start my day with a big mug of tea and smile at the rest of the world. Without my little patio and the greenery that surrounds it, you will be surprised at the kind of person I can become!

 Your little green space….

Should be an extension of you. Even if all you have is a small balcony that is <100 sqft, you will be surprised to see how a bit of greenery can transform your life. A couple of chairs, a small table and flowers and ivy, a sunshade umbrella or better still — a terracotta roof over your head, rambling roses… sounds good? Whilst we can rave about the perennials, seasonal flowers, succulents, cacti and various other species of plants, it is what you want to do with the space that is of primary importance. So why stop yourself? Go ahead, find that little shade or patch of sun where you think your plants will grow and let your creativity flow!

To help you with your new venture and as we go along, I will share with you some notes on plants that need zero maintenance. The idea of having a little garden is wonderful but believe me, you don’t want it to be a chore. Take a look at some of the types of gardens you can create and choose the one that suits you the most. If you are just starting to do some gardening, stick to the first two gardens mentioned below.

  1. Balcony garden – ideal to grow plants in your apartment in the balcony area.
  2. Rooftop and patio gardens – use your rooftop and patio to the fullest by growing a garden.
  3. Herb and kitchen garden — your little vegetable garden! Use your balcony to grow some fresh veggies and herbs. Yes, you can do so in pots or kitchen containers.
  4. Zen garden – as the name suggests, calm and serene are the key words. Rocks and sand are used — sand is laid to mimic the flow of water. A Zen garden is always free of clutter and weeds do not find a place here!
  5. Vertical garden – with space being a constraint, this type of a garden is now picking up pace. If you are just venturing into gardening, this may not be a good place to start as it requires slightly more complex methods of growth and maintenance. At the moment, a number of Corporates/ Hotels go in for this type of a garden.
  6. Container garden – make the best use of window boxes and containers to grow your plants.

In this series on gardens and gardening, I will discuss with you the below:

  1. The type of garden
  2. Kind of plants that would suit the garden
  3. Factors that go in to keep a garden healthy
  4. Accessories you can use to beautify the garden
  5. Garden maintenance

In my next article I will elaborate on balcony gardens.

And of course, if you want us to do up your balcony or rooftop your way, we will do so! Just reach out to us at Don’t forget to mention that you saw us on SiyaWoman to get a special discount.




Sheela Kedarinath has around 20 years of varied experience in the corporate world. She has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility sector and has also been managing administration for an MNC for a long period of time. In her personal life, she is creative and passionate about the various aspects of interior decoration. Sheela’s home and garden are her pride and joy. She has added value to a lot of her friend’s homes and balcony gardens in the last 20 years.

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