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G. Venkataramini, an agriculture communication specialist, delivering a lecture as part of the workshop.
G. Venkataramini, an agriculture communication specialist, delivering a lecture as part of the workshop.

A workshop on ‘Organic Gardening in Cities’ organised by The Sustainable Urban Bio-Dynamic Horticulture and Agriculture Movement (SUBHAM) and Kasturba Nagar Residents Association, Adyar, was held on recently. G. Venkataramini, an agriculture communication specialist, inaugurated the workshop, and spoke on ‘How green is your garden?’

“Organic farming was the first type of agriculture, prevalent during our ancestors’ time. With growing urbanisation, and mushrooming of high-rise apartments, people can cultivate their own organic garden in the comfort of home,” G. Venkataramini said.

You can grow your own vegetables and flowers in pots, containers and tubs in terrace or balcony making the green landscape area cool, removing carbon footprint and conserving energy. Organic gardening costs less, yields more benefits. It cleans up the pollution, absorbs carbon-di-oxide, gives clean oxygen, he added.

In western countries, home gardening is used as a stress-buster therapy. Waste materials can be recycled effectively in organic gardening. Many people think organic gardening is a costly affair, but it is not so. It helps in mitigating the effects of climate change, which is the need of the hour, Venkataramani pointed out.

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