A region where gardening was once considered an impossible task today sees residents owning lush green gardens, plant filled balconies and a variety of plants beautifying their homes. As we enter the cooler months – the perfect season to grow seasonal plants, we see the Dubai Garden Centre buzzing with customers picking organic seeds, fruit & vegetable plants and seasonal flowering plants.
A lot has been said about the benefits of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables, and there is nothing better than growing them under your vigilance. Seasonal plants are not only healthy to eat but also adds a splash of colour and freshness to the surrounding. They may require added care and attention but it is totally worth the effort.
More and more people are growing small gardens in Dubai and are enjoying making great tasting dishes with the plants that they grow. These are not professional farmers jut hobby gardeners that love growing their own. The most important thing to be considered before you start growing seasonal is to understand your garden well. Certain factors such as the varying amount of sunlight your garden receives, the soil type you will require, the irrigation systems and others play a vital role.
Eggplant, zucchini grow well in the Dubai springtime and can produce many a happy meals. The wintertime is perfect for growing cucumber, bell pepper and chilly. Tomatoes and herbs a pot and there can grow all year round but are not too fond of the harsh sun. They love being nurtured in the pot and can grow on the balcony of your flat.
If you are planning to garden in Dubai but are a little skeptical, buy a few grown from the Dubai Garden Centre and dig them up in your garden. The friendly staff will be more than happy to help you choose the right plant that suits the specifications of your garden and also give you tips on maintenance.
Don’t forget to visit the Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre every Saturday, 10 am to 2:30 pm. A market in an outdoor green setting with vendors selling organic produce, handicrafts, food stalls, live music, live cooking and loads of free kids activities.