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02 September 2012

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Alana

Kudos to you for trying to compost. It requires a lot of dedication and effort. I keep a small compost pail where I collect daily kitchen scraps, but I am not nearly sufficiently diligent enough at up-keeping the ever-growing massive compost pile behind my garage shed. In New England, USA, where I live, it's summer garden cleanup time, in preparation for Autumn planting. Everything is cooling off, with an occasional thunderstorm here and there thrown in for good measure - nothing on the scale of your monsoons though! I find your tackling of gardening challenges inspirational, considering that here in the US, we have it so easy (at a price), from bagged high-quality compost, to terra-cotta rain barrels, to timed irrigation systems, and on and on. Good luck to you this growing season and most of all have fun!

Anne-Trine Benjaminsen

Oh I enjoyed this post - reminded me ever so slightly about the summer just gone in the south western part of Norway, another rainy summer. Perhaps not comparable to the Indian monsoon - but some days I regret spending all that money on annuals and nice terracottas... And we have the brown, big fat snails that eat their way through the gardens - enjoying the wet weather - yuk-

Anu Anand Hall

@Alana, oh wow, New England, USA.... I think that's possibly the most idyllic place on the planet! Four distinct seasons, such beauty and space! How's the gardening out there? Does everything grow like it does in England?

@Anne-Trine my goodness, Norway! I had no idea it was so rainy! And yes, I spotted giant brown snails here too. Luckily though, they haven't yet found their way up to my terrace!!

Alana

Anu, it really is pretty here in Massachusetts. My favorite season, hands down, is the one around the corner, Autumn. Nothing equals the spectacular beauty on display during Autumn, where reds and golds abound. But on the downside, the weather can be capricious, not so extreme like Delhi, but variable nonetheless, where one day it's 99*F, and the next, torrential rain for 3 days straight -- definitely harsher than the climate you have in England. The winter of 2010/2011 we got 80 inches of snow dumped on us, but last winter it was so unpredictably mild, (a mere 32 inches) that a lot of bulbs didn't make it. We've had summers so wet, buggy (and sluggy), that my tomato and veggie crops were sopping and rotten by the end of the season. And the humidity here can be unbearable. (By the way, a great tip I use for slugs and snails is that I bury a small plastic cup to the rim into my garden or veggie bed, and fill it with beer about halfway. They LOVE it and once they crawl in, they can't get out and end up going to sluggy heaven.)

Sunita Banerji

Oh when you speak Monsoons in India, Delhi is not the ideal city to describe what the fury and the beauty of the Monsoons can bring. Mumbai is the city where the Monsoons unleashes its fury and it's transcendental power to transform the landscape can at once be felt in Maharashtra's western ghats - an arid reddish mountainous region which is suddenly transformed into a veritable green paradise with a lush carpet of grass covering every inch of land.

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I would love to visit India for that. Monsoon garden is something I can't make here on my own garden. Hope you will teach us.

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