Kitchen garden day is here – Oota From Your Thota

It feels just few months back we had our previous kitchen garden day meetup and a whole year has passed by.  We had quite a gathering last year and it was so much fun. There was seed swapping, idea sharing and all in all it was a super casual, very information gardeners meetup.

This year, things got bigger and the number of gardeners have grown so much that poor GG’s house/greenhouse is just not enough to house all green-hungry gardeners. So I joined hands with Oota From your Thota folks for this event.”Oota from your thota” literally means Food from your garden.

This time the kitchen garden day is on Aug 26th 2012. Its  a Sunday, so more reason to drop by. The venue for the event is

Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind,
CA-1B, 3rd Cross, 3rd Phase, J P Nagar,
Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Pin: 560 078.

This time , we are putting up a stall in the event for all your gardening supplies/queries. All sorts of gardening products are available for sale. We are more than happy to answer all your queries. If you need anything specific, send us an email to


The whole of Garden Guru Team will be there at the stall. That means, our garden guru store in Bilekahalli, is closed this Sunday 26th Aug.

Also, there is a surprise for early birds to our stall.  Let me just say, get your gardening general knowledge polished… you might need it.

Once again, Garden guru welcomes you all to the Kitchen Day Celebration.

Check us out.

See you all at the event



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KGI Meet – A Success


Last Sunday, the kitchen garden day was a great success.  The meet up was after noon so most of them had enough time to attend many other events happening in and around Bangalore in the morning. . I had packed all my seeds, labeled them and was all set for the meeting to begin at 1 PM.

Exactly at 12:55, I get a call from the early birds regarding the meet. I was excited and motivated because of their punctuality. I received them and we went to the meeting hall. While we were discussing, a few more entered. More introductions happened. In just a matter of minutes all the seats were taken and we were house full Open-mouthed smile.


After an initial round of introductions, we started discussing about everyone’s garden and what they were growing. Slowly it became a full-fledged question and answer’s session which was good. I took this opportunity to give a short session on how to start a terrace/kitchen garden. This session, woven with questions and answers took a good couple of hours.

Question and answers greenhouse


There were seeds and plants on display. Some of them swapped and others bought the seeds. The most sought were the strawberry plants brought by Asha. I had a tray full of Parsley, tomato and coriander seedlings to giveaway. After the talks, we went to the greenhouse for a short guided tour.

We had fun! Look at the picture below.

Seed swap meet up


To all who made it to the event, Thank you so much for making it a memorable event. I really appreciate people who came all the way from other side of Bangalore such as RT Nagar, Yelahanka, Jakkur etc… It shows your passion towards gardening.

Thanks once again!.


To those who missed, not to worry. There will be more such events in future, so watch this space.


As always, Happy gardening!






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Kitchen Garden Day is here

Greetings from geekgardener!

This post is very special for me and you all will know soon why it will be special to you all too. Most of you might be aware of the Kitchen Garden Day and the rest of you probably are surprised that there is one like that. I was excited when I came to know about it. I mean who wouldn’t. We have seen days earmarked for every single thing in the world and us gardeners deserve a day for ourselves. Don’t we?


Time for some facts now. Kitchen Garden Day was initiated by the Kitchen Gardeners International [] and since 2003, 4th Sunday of every August is celebrated as Kitchen Garden Day.  The happy guy with a trovel in one hand and a spoon in the other is the Mascot for KG Day. Kitchen gardeners Day Logo



We know we have a day for us all. But what do we do on that day? Think of this day as Friendship day for gardeners. What do friends do? They meet up!

That is exactly what we are gonna do. Meet up and discuss about gardening, exchange ideas, get to know fellow gardeners from your area. I mean… the list is endless.

Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Give a short tour of your garden to your fellow gardening friends
  • Setup a garden for someone who wants to start off
  • If you have a green thumb, you can also educate others on gardening by conducting a small workshop.
  • Discuss about various ideas and challenges with your gardening friends etc.

I am planning to host a small meet up in my place and conduct an event that is probably first of its kind in Bangalore. Any guesses?

As part of the KG Day celebration, I am planning to conduct a Seed Swap event on that day. I always wanted to conduct one and what better day can I get? I will reveal more on this event in the coming days.


For folks staying in different states, try and find out if there is a group near you that is conducting Kitchen Garden Day. If you can find out, great!. If not, no problem, you can start one.Open-mouthed smile. Be the change you are looking for!

I am very positive that forums in this site can be used to brainstorm and organize such events across the states. In our forums, we have people from almost all parts of India and that is a great thing. I will be posting a list of contacts from different states who are volunteering such meet up. Check the forum post linked below in this blog for more info.

You know what will be fun?  Send me the group pictures of the meet up and a write up of what you did and how it was. I will post it here.

I sincerely request you all to get together and make this event a grand success. Let us make kitchen gardening,  a number one Hobby.

My thanks to Preeti of Urban Leaves India for introducing KGI and KG day to me. If you are in Mumbai, it is very difficult to not know her.


Are you guys with me in this?



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