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These 8 Simple Techniques Will Flourish Your Garden This Monsoon

Monsoon is the fast paced season with July being an active month which is the time to sow, plant, re – pot, disseminate divide and to de – weed

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With Monsoon hailing the vicinity and landscapes thriving with greenery, it is the best time of the year for garden lovers
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July 1, 2017: With Monsoon hailing the vicinity and landscapes thriving with greenery, it is the best time of the year for garden lovers for planting and re – potting. The monsoon season usually starts from the month of July, increases the density in August and starts to lessen in September.

Monsoon is the fast paced season with July being an active month which is the time to sow, plant, re – pot, disseminate divide and to de – weed.

Harpreet Ahluwalia of Earthly Creations tells some important tips for Monsoon gardening for the greenery and gardening lovers to take care of their plants·

  • Attention should be given to plants in pots and beds. Plants should be kept free from any standing water and should not stagnate and block the soil.
  • Flower beds must be raised so that water flows down but let the moisture stay.
  • Humid weather brings in prolific growth of weeds and thus constant de – weeding is an important practice for this season.
  • Pruning right before the monsoon helps in faster growth of plants and ensures air and sunlight supply to every part of the plant
  • Dead growth encourages plants to throw fresh shoots and thus must be removed
  • Extra care of plants in monsoon along with weeds should be given as this is the breeding period of insects and worms. Some are good also but at times can damage the plant.
  • As monsoon is good for roses and annuals like balsam, zinnia, cosmos, celosia, and palms, it is tough on chrysanthemums, mother plants and succulents and cacti.
  • Clear rain water by bringing non -chlorinated water which is important for the growth of the plants

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Monsoon Road Trips from Mumbai

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel

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Here are some top recommendations for your next best road trip in this season of Monsoon. Pixabay

The floods in Mumbai have been in the news lately, an annual chaos that seems to have become part and parcel of life in the country’s financial capital. However, the monsoons are not a season to dread and just outside the city, as the curious traveller ventures higher into the Western Ghats, there are some picture-perfect destinations for the season. Here are some top recommendations.

Lonavala
Lonavala would be on top of the monsoon destination list for most Mumbaikars. Wrapped in fog, this historic region gains a completely new avatar in the rains as the forested mountain slopes regenerate and the waterfalls come to life. One of these is Kune Falls, which roars amidst a pristine verdant scenery.

The Lohagad Fort has always been one of the most captivating sites on this route and the monsoon mist gives it an allure straight of a medieval-theme video game or movie. A trek to Liones Point is recommended – the season would require special precautions like monsoon-ready footwear and waterproof clothing. While in Lonavala town, a visit to the lake is not a bad idea.

Khandala
Just next to Lonavala, one can reach the quaint hill town of Khandala, perched at close to 2000 feet above sea level. The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make this place an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro, not to mention the splendorous drive on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Some of the popular viewpoints here are the Tiger’s Leap and the Amrutanjan Point. Other attractions here include the Buddhist cave temples at Karla and the calm and placid Bhushi Lake.

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The mild monsoon temperatures and dramatic scenery make Khandala an ideal weekend getaway from the bustling metro.

Mahabaleshwar
A jewel tucked in the lap of the mighty Sahyadari Mountains; Mahabaleshwar offers visitors a curious mix of colonial heritage and striking Indian history. Built by Shivaji, Pratapgad Fort has an enigmatic presence in the landscape here, a site of many important events.

Those looking to enjoy some of the high elevations will love a trek to the summit of Wilson Point, famous for its panoramic views of the valley below. The Needle Hole Point is another famous place to catch a glimpse of the scenic landscapes. Venna Lake is another centrepiece attraction at Mahabaleshwar while the hilltop Krishnabai Temple is famous for its architecture and Krishna statue.

More and more travellers are choosing a car rental over public transport. Rates are increasingly affordable and self drive gives total control over the pace of the journey. One can make impromptu stops and detours and there is complete privacy.

Finding a car rental in Mumbai is as simple as a few taps on an app. With platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in a matter of minutes. One can choose from a wide range of cars – maybe a hatchback or sedan for the family getaway – or maybe a large SUV for the boisterous group road trip. 24/7 on-road support is one of the assurances that self drive rentals offer.

The hills are alive this monsoon. The best way to feel the cool winds and witness the mountain storms is to do it on one’s own terms – behind the wheel.

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