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Pakistan: Citizen plants roof garden to beat inflation

Punjab Agriculture Dept recently launched a kitchen gardening project

By Asif Mehmood
The Express tribune
January 06, 2021

Excerpt:

A resident of Gulberg area has started a rooftop vegetable garden after a surge in vegetable prices.
With a small kinnow plant on one part of the roof, there is a small variety of flowers in the garden as well, which are spreading their beautiful colours.

Abdul Majeed has grown seasonal vegetables and flowers in the rooftop garden of his three-storey, five-marla house.

He waters and cleans the garden before going to the office every day. He also exercises in the small rooftop garden instead of going out for a morning walk amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Talking to The Express Tribune, he said, “I inherited the hobby of growing vegetables and gardening at home from my father who was from Amritsar. He was a graduate of Khalsa College. After the establishment of Pakistan, my family moved to Lahore. My father set up a small garden next to our house and started cultivating various types of vegetables and flowers there. That is how I acquired this hobby.”

He said he did not have a farm in the city, therefore, he planted seasonal vegetables on the rooftop of the house. The vegetables grown by him include spinach, cabbage, radish, turnip, green chilies, coriander, onions, green peppers and mint. In summer, he grew tomatoes, cucumbers, lemons, bitter gourd and other vegetables.

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