A night out… with plants

Published: October 28, 2010

Pumpkin seedling being transplanted to a pot

It was a very pleasant night with beautiful moonlight glittering on my terrace when I decided to do all the garden jobs that had been pending for a week.

Transplanting vegetable seedlings

The seeds that I had sown earlier were ready to be transplanted. During the week, I had bought large containers and filled them with a good mixture of soil and manure for my vegetable plants. I spent some time marking the pots and transplanting the tomato and bell-pepper plants into the large pots. It had to be done quickly and correctly.

Seedlings must have moist soil  and two sets of true leaves prior to transplantation. The roots are pushed up gently by a stick while you hold the top of the plant in your hands. The roots of the seedlings should not be exposed to air for long. They are to be quickly planted in the bigger pots or the plot. Then they should be watered with a soft shower. Transplantation is done in the evening when its cool.

Getting in touch with plants

Next, I wanted to know how my plants were doing. The lime tree is producing lots of juicy limes, the orchids are blooming, the chiko has some new flowers and bright green leaves, Allamanda looks stunning even in the night, and the grafted cactus has two beautiful flowers. Flower seeds need transplantation as well, the pumpkin plants are about to bloom, Bonsai needs some attention, button roses survived trimming,  potatoes and garlic look happy too but china rose has had an aphid attack.

Appreciating the night

When I was done with a round of the garden, I sat down, looked around at the plants and thought about how much they had grown. It felt good to see the seeds that I had sown were growing, trees that I planted were fruiting, and all together the garden created a beautiful blend of shades of green and contrast of colours. Thank you, God!

I looked up in the sky and got lost in the brilliance of the moon that shone right above my terrace and the bright star that shined beside it.


Zahra Ali

A freelance writer, gardening teacher and environmentalist. She has been spreading the message of natural living through her blog 'Crops in Pots' since 2008

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Maryam

    Zahra….your posts are so refreshing…and positive..
    after reading your post i just looked around while sitting on my work station and appreciated the beauty of nice well-kept plants that bring freshness to my office….Recommend

  • Ahmed

    Very refreshing post :) Hope your efforts bring more people towards plantation.Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Great…also let me know if we can plant Tulsi (niaz Bo) and ratan jout in our lawns? I bought some plants of Tulsi some time back and they burnt……..:(Recommend

  • http://munzee72.wordpress.com/ Munira

    Wonderful job Zahra! I know exactly how you must have felt :) Everything growing nicely and all is well with the world……it’s a beautiful feeling, fills you with a warm glow and everything else, all the daily annoyances seem to melt away into nothingness. That is, of course, until you see the blasted aphids. Substitute them with those diabolical mealybugs and you have my situation! :P
    One day, hopefully, that elusive thing called success shall be mine too. I’m learning…..I’m learning….
    Thanks for the lovely tips on transplanting. Will keep them in mind when my turn comes. Might bug you for more info as time wears on :)
    p.s I planted strawberries yesterday!!Recommend

  • http://www.cropsinpots.blogspot.com zahra

    @ Maryam :)
    @ Ahmed, I hope you are one of those.
    @ Sadaf, Sure you can grow tulsi and basil very easily. Get a healthy plant or grow from seed.I have few too. I have not done much research on Ratan Jot. But I know that it grows in Kashmir which is a totally opposite to Karachi, climatic conditions wise.

    @ Munira, Wow Strawberries!! Are you in Karachi? I usually plant my strawberries in late November or early December. Do keep me posted on its progress.

    I ll post about the aphids and mealybug attacks and how I dealt with it in the next post IA.Recommend

  • http://munzee72.wordpress.com/ Munira

    Well, of COURSE I’m in Karachi! Haha! :[email protected]: Recommend

  • http://www.cropsinpots.blogspot.com zahra

    oho u r munira that I already know :DRecommend

  • irfan urfi

    wow ! you have done pretty job !

  • Adnan

    Reading your article…. its like a breath of fresh air… I swear it made my day… I actually imagined myself walking through a nice green lawn… Thank You so much for that… =)Recommend

  • Omais

    Hey Gardner!

    Nice comeback….!! keep it upRecommend

  • Aelia

    :) Truly inspiring.:)Recommend

  • http://thenews.com.pk Shahid Husain

    Very informative and inspiring! Long ago I wrote a small piece when I was associated with The Muslim, Islamabad with the headline: “Greenery generates happiness!” Thanks God our youth is working on the same line. Recommend

  • Sameer

    Where can i get strawberry seeds or saplings in karachi?Recommend