Kitchen gardens are gaining traction as Sgr residents embrace the growing trend

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The trend of growing vegetables in open spaces around homes is fast catching up in Srinagar, where residents have turned to the kitchen garden for fresh groceries and faced issues of unavailability of basic necessities in “emergency situations” such as those experienced during a COVID-19 outbreak. Lock occur to tackle.

Residents grow different types of vegetables in their kitchen or patio gardens with any space when available with you. Some people only grow pumpkins and eggplants, while others have taken it a step further by growing additional vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and greens. Those with a little more space have grown a number of crops, including spinach and kale.

Agriculture Director Choudary Mohammad Iqbal told Rising Kashmir that Srinagar residents are following the trend seen across the valley.

He said last year 2.5 million seedlings were distributed to people by the department in the Kashmir valley.

A Ministry of Agriculture official told Rising Kashmir that to overcome the impact on basic services due to various challenges, the people of Srinagar have started to convert their gardens (parks) into kitchen gardens. He said the trend has helped people get vegetables from their own land.

“Everyone is concerned about the availability, freshness and quality of vegetables because they are such an important part of our daily diet.”

Kitchen garden means the seasonal or year-round cultivation of vegetable crops in residential homes to meet the needs of the family.

Following the trend, Sajad Ahmad from Rajbagh has converted his beautiful rose garden into a kitchen garden and grows a variety of fresh vegetables in his garden.

He told Rising Kashmir the idea came to him during the first wave of COVID-19 when he was struggling to get fresh vegetables. Initially, he was unable to grow a large amount of vegetables, but now he grows a variety of vegetables in the garden of his home.

“Since we started growing vegetables, we hardly ever buy vegetables at the market anymore,” he says, adding that the people in our neighborhood have also chosen the same way to plant their vegetable gardens.

When the first wave of COVID-19 hit the world, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation urged residents to grow vegetables and fruits in open spaces around their homes to address the problem of shortages of essentials during “emergencies” like the lockdown.

Another resident of Khanyar said that the idea came to him when people were afraid to get vegetables from the market. He said that this little garden supplies vegetables for him and he also sells some vegetables at the market.

Those who have converted their gardens into kitchens have given specific reasons. “Some people said they did it when they were home and have continued.”

The majority of people in the city cited the lockdown and closures as reasons for converting their gardens to kitchen gardens.

Sajad Ahmad, a university student, said people in urban areas have had great trouble getting fresh vegetables during shutdowns, freeway blockades and lockdowns, but the current trend of converting rose gardens into kitchen gardens has alleviated their difficulties.

A vegetable seller in Lal-Chowk Srinagar told Rising Kashmir that those who live in rented apartments in Srinagar are the usual vegetable buyers compared to those who live here permanently and have vegetable gardens.

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