Green thumb-elina

Learn the 3 easiest tricks to make your house a greener and more eco friendly place for your green leafy friends !

Plants have feelings just like we humans do. They love a warm cosy home and lots of water to drink throughout the day . They make food for themselves and the rest of the planet !! Plants are the first step in every food cycle. Whether they are the  fruits and veggies for birds or broken down humus for tiny earthworms. 

When plants do so much for us shouldn’t we do just a little bit for them as well? This diwali let’s give back to nature ..follow along these 3 environment replenishing activities and activate your green thumb 

Chirpy mornings 

Let’s make a bird feeder ! Contribute to the health of your surrounding ecosystem and help feed some birdies along the way.

What you need :

Flour (atta/ maida), water, string (15 cm ), small sized seeds of different varieties (mustard, jowar etc.), a bowl, a spoon

How to do it :

  1. Take 3 – 4 tablespoons of atta in a bowl and add 2 spoons of water to it 
  2. Using a spoon or with the help of your hands mix the flour and water till it forms a non sticky firm dough . Add more water or flour to your mix  to reach this consistency.
  3. Remove a small piece of dough and shape the rest of it into a flat disc about 1 cm thick
  4. Now gently press the seeds into both sides of the dough 
  5. Take you string and press it on one side of the dough . Use the small piece of dough to sandwich the string in between the small piece of dough and the disc.
  6. Let your bird feeder dry and hang it out on your balcony to feed your neighbourhood birds !

What really happened there ?

Birds love to feed on seeds and grains and in an ecosystem they act as pollinators for the plants of those seeds  . When the birds feed on the seeds of a bird feeder the seeds stick to their wings and drop off at different places giving life to new plants. Thus with our bird feeder we are able to help out both birds and plants of our neighbourfood ecosystem.

Plant Independence 

What’s with watering these plants everyday ? Can’t they just get it themselves ? Well yes they can ! Let’s make a self watering plant pot !

What you need :

A plastic bottle capped and cut in half , 30 cm string (non-synthetic ), coco peat / soil, water , a sapling / plant seeds of your choosing

How to do it ?

  1. Take the top half of the bottle and make a hole in the bottle cap so that the string can pass through it .
  2. Fill the bottom half of the bottle three fourths with water. 
  3. Pass the string through the bottle cap so that the string can reach the cut rim of the bottle.
  4. Place the upper half of the bottle cap side down on the  lower half so as to make sure the string on the outside of the cap is completely dipped in water.
  5. Add coco peat / soil to the upper of the bottle and add your sapling or seeds to the soil.

What really happened there ? 

Capillary action is the principal phenomenon behind plants and trees taking up water from the soil .. so the string we used here soaks up water and acts on the same principle to keep the soil moist and act as a self water plant .

Green juice 

Growing up we need a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals . Outside of our diet we can consume supplements and drink health drinks but don’t plants need a similar kind of balance in their diets ? let’s make some liquid fertilizer and recharge the health of our plants !

What you need :

Peels of soft fruits or vegetables (banana / mango / tomato ), water, an empty bottle with its cap

How to do it ?

  1. Tear up the fruit peels into small pieces with your hands
  2. Add the pieces to your bottle 
  3. Fill up the bottle three quarters with water and close the cap 
  4. Shake the bottle vigorously and then keep it in a dark place for 72 hours ( E.g. Back of a cupboard , under a table etc.)
  5. After 3 days, pour the water of the liquid fertilizer into your home plants . Discard the peels or use for composting !

What really happened here ?

Fertilizer for plants contains the important macro and micronutrients that plants need for their good health . These can be absent from the soil that they grow in and so it’s important to make sure we regularly add manure or fertilizer to replenish the lost health of the soil and keep our plants fit as ever !

We hope these green themed activities brought a breath of fresh air to your house and helped sustain the vibe of loving and living in nature during this auspicious week of diwali .

Have a safe and joy filled diwali !


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