When I started my wonderful experience with growing veggies in 1998 my motivation was to grow colourful bell peppers red, yellow and orange. I can say this was a pioneer product for Pune and so the demand was selective. Along with peppers I grew Broccoli, Iceberg lettuce, Snow peas, Zucchini and a few other special veggies. These veggies being new to Pune only a niche market demand could be targeted through premium retail shops like Dorabjee’s, Natures Bounty and theme restaurants.

Within a period of 10 years the market changed from a premium demand to a general demand. Prices came down rapidly well within purchasing power of many. No longer did they merit a ‘special status’. The so called special veggies started selling briskly in our main vegetable markets. The picture taken last week in our Shivaji Market shows a good range of such veggies.

However by 2001 I decided to move on to growing culinary herbs. This was mainly because I discovered herbs can be grown without use of chemicals. I only use natural pesticides like Neem extracts. Whereas veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, iceberg lettuce, zucchini need heavy doses of powerful chemicals which are harmful to health.

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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Geetha says:

    Reverential salutations to this Hara Sahib who, in his role as an ‘Earth Warrior’, is contributing a lot to Homegrown Sustainability.

    As David Orr said:

    When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.

    Thanks and regards,

    Geetha

    • Dilip says:

      Wow ‘Earth warrior’ that’s cool 🙂 I find this quote so full of meaning . To me ‘heal the earth’ means a caring attitude toward mother earth and all the living beings on it. In such a state we ourselves become peaceful.

      Thank you Geetha!

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