EcoCreate strives for cultural connect for the Global Citizen

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On the 16th of June 2015  eCoCreate Founder and Managing Director of Edifice Builders, Nikhil Thard invited a group of NRIs working across sectors, over dinner at Ramada Hotel, Dubai. The purpose of the gathering was to exchange ideas and explore opportunities to enable human shelters and parental care with technology.

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The event was a huge success with participation of over 60 invitees including NRIs and local residents. The globally successful generation today experiences a gap between their professional success and personal satisfaction of being at home with their kin. eCoCreate is bridging this gap and enabling a globally connected living.

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eCoCreate is a community focused on innovation & entrepreneurship. Friends, family and the change makers of today and tomorrow gather in an environment created to catalyse personal and collective growth. The organisation is empowering entrepreneurs and creating opportunities for businesses to flourish, providing the necessary resources and aids to creative and talented individuals across the globe. Some of the salient features of the projects coming up include a shared kitchen in the midst of nature and low maintenance individual living shelters in sync with the environment. Their group company Edifice Builders is into providing boutique commercial and residential projects in Bangalore that specialise in being conducive to the environment by having sufficient natural elements viz. natural light, air, water body and nature.

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Also present at the event was Ms. Jo Agarwal, co-founder of Touchkin, a mobile application that enables one to keep in touch with parents and children back home from a distance.

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Tips for Planning a Successful Tradeshow Exhibition

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You need a solid strategy to stage a successful trade-show exhibition. A lot of thought, effort, and planning goes into any marketing exploit but if you’re going to put up a display at a tradeshow, you’re going up against every other booth in that space, even if they’re not your direct competitors.

You’re competing for space, attention, and sales so you can’t get lazy with any part of your tradeshow planning.

1. Get your goals in order

What do you hope to accomplish at the tradeshow?

Are you interested in generating more leads?

Do you want to turn 500 prospects into an equal amount of sales, or five times the return on your investment?

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Do you simply want to get your product or service out there and available to more people? Your goals are your own, so you’re the only person who can define them. However, you do need goals, and you need to keep them at the forefront of your mind.

As soon as you know you’re attending the show, sit down with everyone involved and come up with a list of goals. Don’t make outlandish, unattainable goals you have no hope of reaching, because that will just make you feel you’ve failed. If need be, start small.

2. Create a game plan around those goals

Once the goals have been decided, you need a strategic plan in place so the team can attain, and hopefully exceed those goals.

Planning for the tradeshow is not just booking the hotel room and plane tickets for the staff going to the show. It takes time and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Consider the following:

  • How are you going to drive visitors to your booth?
  • Are you going to use direct mail pieces to your current customer base?
  • Do you have a plan for calling your customers?
  • Will you be hosting a contest?
  • Are there going to be giveaways at the show that will entice people to visit your booth?

And what about using social media marketing? Is there a plan to maximize your upcoming show using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn?

Social media marketing should be well planned to build pre-show buzz.

Short video clips about upcoming product releases, services your company offers, teaser demos, teaser clips about the contest or giveaways you’re planning – all can be posted on YouTube or your website. Those clips can then be tweeted, posted on your Facebook fan page, shared on LinkedIn and even incorporated into blog posts.

Social media can be used to reach out to media personalities and influencers within your niche who are attending the tradeshow. Being able to connect with them socially and pitching them an idea to write about or a reason to come visit your booth can be a huge win for your company leading up to the show.

 3.Choose valuable team members

A high return on investment (ROI) is probably one of your goals, especially if you’re investing a lot to attend the show in the first place.

One of the best ways to ensure an enviable ROI is to have great people on your team.

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The people you choose for your booth represent your business. Make sure they’re knowledgeable about the product or service, friendly and engaging; they should be responsible and persistent without being aggressive. They need to be well versed on the type of questions to be asked to prospective customers who visit the booth to pre-qualify and lead the visitor down the sales process.

Choose team members whom your customers already love.

4. Keep it clean and comfortable

Whether you choose to go all out with bright colors and high-tech displays or you keep things simple and subtle, you still need a clean, comfortable space. Above all, it should feel inviting.

Visitors to your booth should never feel confined or claustrophobic. You’re probably wondering how you can avoid that when you’re sharing the show with hundreds of other booths, but it’s easy.

For example, your company can choose an open-air booth like this:

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Try to avoid clutter, even if you’re showing products, sharing demonstrations, or putting up colorful displays. Simply keep them clean, neat, orderly, and attractive.

If your booth requires a table and chairs, just try to arrange them in a corner so there’s nothing between you and your potential leads when they visit.

 5.Make sure they know your name

You can’t have too much signage. On your display booth, your letterhead, your clothing and your promotional giveaways, put your logo front and center. Everyone who passes by should know the name of your brand or company.

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By making yourself instantly recognizable, you’re also ensuring that you stay at the forefront of everyone’s mind, and that turns into leads.

6.Follow up after the event

It’s critical to your goals and ROI for you to have a follow-up strategy in place to maximize the process of relationship-building with the people who gave you their contact information at the tradeshow.

Remember to treat these people as “warm leads”, not as ready-to-buy hot prospects. Your strategy should be to send a follow up email, thanking them for stopping by, reminding them of your social media profiles, offering them the opportunity to download some digital asset that would be of value to them.

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Those who download what you’ve offered can then be part of your prospect nurturing campaign, consisting of a series of emails sent over the next 3-6 months.

It isn’t hard to make your tradeshow exhibition successful, as long as you’re willing to put in the work ahead of time. I think tradeshows are much better than cold-calling, but you and your company have to take strategic steps to prepare for success. These six tips are a start.

Our building 80 Edifice getting a real makeover!!

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Our building 80 Edifice getting a real makeover. Fun place to work that is.. Under Construction !!!

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COME AND EXPERIENCE THE HAPPY MOMENTS WITH EDIFICE HAPPY HOMES

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“This time we are coming with lots of Happy moments that you can experience at Edifice Happy Homes…count on us…”

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To Know more please visit us at Indian Property Show Dubai, Dubai World Trade Center.
On 11th, 12th & 13th June – 2015 at 11.00 am to 08-00 pm every day.

WE ARE AT STALL NO. S13.

You can reach us at : +971 55 1815428  (from 11th to 20th June 2015)

Cultural Connect for the Global Citizen

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Cultural Connect for the Global Citizen
Exploring parental care, human shelter & technology that makes it possible

Event Date : 16 June 2015 (7 pm – 10 pm) at Ramada Hotel Dubai,
P.O. Box 7979, Al Mankhool, Bur Dubai, U.A.E.,
Event by invite only , Please register before attending
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Event Introduction:

Imagine an eco-system where you feel connected to home & your parents in spite of busy being a global, successful citizen. Imagine a touch on your phone screen can send from love to medical support to your parents at their doorstep. All these and more are possible today with the help of smart homes, phones & technology.

eCoCreate is exploring opportunities to address this need by bringing together multiple stakeholders to learn, understand and integrate their needs into the products we will build for the future. So come and join us over dinner, networking and listen to the future of parental care and how our dwelling spaces of tomorrow will be designed for a global, connected living

Speakers :
Nikhil Thard, Founder EcoCreate 
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eCoCreate is a platform that enables and empowers entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and passion by providing an ecosystem to nurture ideas that bring about a positive change and affect lives. eCoCreate provides necessary resources and aids that are not available in any channels other than VC or seed funding. eCoCreate has developed and executed various projects in India and is working on unique eco-system based projects based on its co-creation model. Nikhil is also the Managing DIrector of Edifice Builders, an angel investor and actively mentors startups

Jo Aggarwal, Co-Founder Touchkin

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Touchkin is a mobile app to help you take care of your parents. It reminds you when Mom has low social contact. You can check in and send her a touch in less than a minute. It helps you see if Mom’s taking her meds, and is normally active. You can set up an emergency plan, and request services from local care providers.Mom has a ‘Kinbook’ full of daily family videos on her phone. Her Touchstone is an uber-cool accessory that connects Mom to her kids and grandkids, while keeping her safe.
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5 tick boxes for do-it-yourself home sellers

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Many lenders have recently lowered interest rates on home loans, and it is expected that this will convince fence-sitters to finally take the decision to buy. So, if you plan to sell a house, this could be a good time as there will be buyers available.

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However, if you plan to be a do-it-yourself seller—i.e., selling without taking the services of a real estate broker—there are a few things that you need to know and steps to take to ensure that the process of selling a house is smooth. Selling on your own will help you save on the broker cost, which can be around 2% of the property’s price. A broker charges a fee but takes the entire responsibility of selling the house, starting from showing the house to prospective buyers to getting all paperwork done. But do remember that there is an inventory overhang in the real estate residential market and projects are being launched at slightly reduced prices. In such a scenario, it is important that the house you want to sell is differentiated. So, here are five things to keep in mind while selling a house on your own.

Correct pricing

Every property is unique in terms of location, accessibility and amenities. Though there are circle rates for every area set by state governments, it is difficult to ascertain the exact price of a particular property. “One needs to set the price competitively, keeping in mind the prevailing market rates in the locality, and also the prices that other sellers have set for their properties,” said Anuj Puri, chairman and country head, JLL India.

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To do this, enquire about the prices of similar properties in the locality. Local brokers may come in handy here as they deal with many properties in the localities that they operate in. Online housing portals are another source. “Before deciding the accurate value of the property, sellers should look at price trends offered by online aggregators to get an idea of the prevailing market prices in their area,” said Aditya Verma, chief executive officer, Makaan.com, an online property aggregator.

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It’s important to quote a competitive price because overpricing will result in no buyer coming forth, and underpricing will lead to a loss for the seller.

If the house is not drawing enough interested parties even though it is priced suitably, don’t be hasty and reduce the asking price; but be ready to do so if needed. One can consult a local real estate agent about how long homes are staying in the market in the neighbourhood. Once that mark is breached, only then is it time to think about reducing the price of your house

Keep emotions in check

Usually, buying or selling a house is an emotional affair for most of us. But it’s best to keep your emotions aside and treat the property on sale as an asset purchased to gain financial returns. “If you get too emotional about the expected price for the property, although it has delivered the expected returns, you may end up being unrealistic about the price,” said Sanjay Dutt, executive managing director-South Asia, Cushman & Wakefield India Pvt. Ltd.

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Also, look at the house from the view of a buyer and prepare it accordingly. “Making the house visually appealing, say, by doing up the bathrooms (changing the floor or wall tiles), painting the house can attract buyers,” added Verma.

Reach out

Even a reasonably priced and attractive house won’t sell if buyers are not aware of it. More the number of potential buyers come to know about the property, more are the chances of you getting better offers.

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A builder has the resources to advertise properties in various media, but an individual seller does not. “Since it is not your forte, or business, to sell properties, your span may be restricted to your social network or walk-in buyers. But you can also advertise in newspapers or property portals,” said Dutt. Don’t be in a hurry to sell the property to, say, one of the walk-in buyers. Increase your reach to a wider network to get suitable bids for your property. This is where online aggregator websites are helpful. “Sellers can upload pictures of the property so that buyers get an idea of the house. Most websites allow sellers to give a detailed description of the property,” said Verma.

Manage time

Only a few among us would have the luxury of devoting whole days to selling a property and responding to each and every buyer who shows interest. Buyers may contact during weekdays or when you are travelling. It may not be feasible for you to attend to every buyer and show the property on sale. As a result, opportunities may be missed. Apart from this, if the property is located at some distance from your current residence or workplace, being present at the site for every prospective buyer is difficult.

Also, many buyers evaluate several properties simultaneously and are in no rush to conclude a transaction. Therefore, it is crucial to judge the buyer’s level of interest, and accordingly make an offer for sale.

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Another important aspect is flexibility in when the handover should take place. “When a suitable offer materializes and the buyer wants to move in sooner than you had planned, it is prudent to go with the flow and sell the property rather than hold out for more time, which may make the buyer back out,” said Puri.

Get paperwork done

This is the final step, and if not done properly, may inconvenience not only you but also the buyer. After identifying a buyer and entering into a verbal agreement to sell, it is important to document evidence of all transactions—date and quantum of token amount paid by the buyer, payment schedule for the remaining consideration, the onus is on the buyer to pay stamp duty, treatment of society transfer charges, and more. Decide along with the buyer which charges are to be borne jointly and solely, and document the respective decisions.

Confirmation from the society’s office that no dues are pending from the seller, its approval to sell the property (no-objection certificate), and seller’s disclosure of any fact that may materially affect the value or desirability of the property, are some other papers that are critical for the sale to materialize properly. After documenting the above aspects, get an agreement drafted from an experienced lawyer or any other responsible authority to avoid problems later. After the buyer vets the agreement and makes payment(s) as per the schedule, you should immediately register the property to make the transaction legally binding on both parties.

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“Completing required documentation and seeking expert advice wherever needed will ensure that the transaction is concluded without any financial and legal pitfalls,” said Dutt.

Not only is a property sale a big-ticket transaction that do-it-yourself sellers will undertake rarely, it also requires a lot of due diligence and research. So, take the services of experts, for example, ask a lawyer to draft the final agreement. Get as much online help as possible, and consult someone who has done it before.

Tax queries on your rental income

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Today it’s important to know, what are the tax policies not only to the salary but also to your other income sources. We all know that rental income is taxable but there are many confusions related to that. Below are two queries and views related to the rental tax. If you have any similar concerns for rental tax, you will definitely get benefitted reading this. Even if you don’t have such queries, it’s good to know .It might be helpful for you in future. If you are a tenant, you will know how much your renter owe to the government.Edifice -Tax concern

  1. There is a person who lives and work in London, but have an apartment in Bengaluru. He has rented the apartment, will the rent be taxed?

Rental income is subject to tax as “income from house property”. Taxable value is the higher of amount reasonably expected from letting out of the property (i.e., higher of the municipal value or the fair rent of the property, restricted to the standard rent) or the actual rent received or receivable.

Deductions available against the taxable value include:

  • Standard deduction of 30% of the taxable value,
  • Municipal taxes paid to the local authority,
  • Interest paid on a loan taken for construction, repairs, acquisition, or renewal of the property,
  • Pre-construction period interest deduction (available as deduction in five instalments from the year subsequent to the year in which construction was completed).

A loss from house property can be set off from income under any other head of income, and if not totally consumed, can be carried forward for the next eight financial years.

Additionally, repayment of principal amount of loan is eligible for deduction under section 80C.

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  1. Tax treatment for income generated from selling a property for a Person of India Origin?

As per Indian tax laws, income earned from sale of property situated in India attracts capital gains tax. Depending on the period of holding of the property, tax will be considered as either long-term capital gain, or LTCG, (if period of holding is more than 36 months) or short-term capital gain, or STCG, (if period of holding is 36 months or less).

LTCG is subject to a tax rate of 20% (excluding surcharge and education cess) after indexation of cost. STCG is taxable at progressive rates of 10% to 30% (excluding surcharge and education cess). LTCG to the extent re-invested in India in specified bonds or a residential house (to be either purchased within two years or constructed within three years of transfer of property) are exempt. There are certain restrictions on the sale of new asset bought and the amount invested in bonds.

If due to some reason, the capital gains remain un-invested until the due date of filing of tax return in India (i.e., 31 July), an option is available to put the amount of capital gains in a Capital Gains Account Scheme with a bank (not later than the due date of filing your India tax return) and subsequently withdraw this amount for re-investment.

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The Road

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The road never differentiates, never lies. It is what it is. It gets you from one point to another.

I am sitting on my jhoola in the balcony. I see the road, finally – really see it. It’s interesting to see so many people using the small stretch to get to wherever they want to be.

The walkers who are happy to be taking their pet for the morning stroll and some who want to just finish this chore and get to somewhere else.

The maid who stops near the imli tree and picks up the fallen ones before heading to her job. Another one who walks the road with intense steps, slowly getting to the place where she has to.

The jogger, the one who is really enjoying the scene- taking it all in. Thanking the world, sometimes faking the happiness. And then there is one who is always trying to cover a distance.

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The cooks on their bikes, a sense of self-respect and accomplishment. Without any education, extreme poverty and a mind which is always resigned to misfortune; they have come around and built a good life for themselves and their family.  These guys are seeking respect, money is always important but respect for what they do is paramount.

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The drivers have arrived (pun intended). They ride the iron horses and feel like they own them. Let’s just take a moment and understand the work. How would you like your life to be when every day you don’t know where you are going, you are not sure that’s the place you want to go, you are not sure how much time you are going to spend there. You just go, you stop, and go again. Isn’t being detached being just that?

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They will walk this road. The same road. The road is same but what’s going on in your head is what defines your day.

Let me talk to you about the Guard. For them the road is their home. They are out in the open the whole day, guarding the homes of people they don’t know, trying to save them from dangers which may or may not exist. They travel long distance to get to this road. What motivates people to do such things – working in the night, sitting on the road, withstanding the weather, nobody noticing them, guarding unknown people from the unknown. Yet they do the very same thing – be it day or night.

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The road is always there, it gets you from one point to another always. What you make out of it is up to you – completely up to you. The road never discriminates. You will get to the same point no matter who you are. The road is the equalizer, and it gives everyone the same opportunity and does its job for everyone.

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Become what you truly want to be, remember the road is there and it’s the same for everyone. You will get to your destination –just remember that you are the one who chooses the destination.

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Written by Mr. Nikhil Thard, CMD Edifice Builders

Moving from UK to Bangalore

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Over the last decade, Bangalore has seen an average annual GDP growth rate of around 10%, its population, of over 8 million, has doubled since 1985 and is projected to reach 9.5 million by 2025. If you’re looking to move to a city spearheading the economic surge of India then Bangalore is an obvious choice.

Known as the Silicon Valley of India due to the large number of IT firms that are headquartered or have regional headquarters in the city (for example HP, Oracle, Yahoo!, LinkedIn and homegrown companies Infosys and Wipro), Bangalore is also a hub of aerospace, defence, biotech and telecommunications.2

This scientific and technical ascendancy has not occurred by accident. The Indian government invested heavily in the infrastructure of many large cities post-independence in order to gain competitive advantage, building on the few beneficial legacies of British colonial rule – namely excellent educational facilities like Bangalore University and the Indian Institute of Science.

But Bangalore isn’t all about business. Moving there will introduce you to a vibrant cultural life which centers around the many festivals and holidays that the city celebrates; which includes a homegrown film industry; which makes eating out at the city’s many and diverse restaurants as a key social activity; and which has put Bangalore 3rd among the world’s top 10 cities to visit according to the Lonely Planet.

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Bangalore’s rapidly growing economy has attracted white collar immigrants from all over the world, with the UK among the most popular sources for professionals and skilled workers.

Moving from the UK to Bangalore is popular among young, single IT professionals looking to bolster their CVs overseas and open themselves up to the sights, sounds and experiences of the Indian subcontinent. It’s also a popular move among young families who want to offer their children a culturally enriched upbringing and a higher standard of living than they could find at home.3

Due to the colonial history, Bangalore has large British expat and Anglo-Indian populations. English is in widespread use, especially in the IT and business parks but also in restaurants, shops and government offices.

Property prices in Bangalore are rising even faster than the GDP: 2012 saw an 18% rise in average real estate prices, from Rs. 35,446 (£418) to Rs.41,839 (£494) per square metre.4

Though Bangalore is by no means a vast metropolis – the metropolitan area is smaller than London – the public transport and roads leave a lot to be desired. Choosing where to live is therefore a decision that should take your daily commute into consideration.

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Bangalore experiences wet and dry seasons with monsoon weather occurring between May and October. The hottest temperatures are in April and May when average highs are in the mid-thirties. The record low temperature in Bangalore taken in December and January are just above 10 °C.

The cost of living in Bangalore, as you’d expect, is much, much lower than in the UK. Apart from property prices and rents which amount to a small fraction of those you’d find in London, the groceries, utilities, public transport, entertainment and restaurants are all cheaper.5

While Bangaloreans put up with more pollution than Londoners, they also on an average, report better health care and lower commute times.

Bangalore celebrates Karaga Shaktyotsava or Bangalore Karaga, the city’s oldest festival, for eleven days each spring during which there are rituals, processions, martial arts displays and constant noise. Along with the Karaga, the five day Deepavali and the nine nights of Navratri are other important festivals.

Seven steps to a kitchen garden

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Do you want to create your very own kitchen garden at home? Perfect, for there is no better time than now! Gardening is a great stress buster and is often quite relaxing. But it’s important to design your kitchen garden in such a way that you get the maximum utility out of it. The space and time you have at hand will dictate what and how much you can grow. Also, here are the top seven things to consider while planning your kitchen garden:

1. Place them well

Location is definitely the starting point for planning a kitchen garden at home. Often, it is also the most neglected aspect. While it may seem tempting to place edible plants at every empty space around the house, remember the saying, ‘Out of sight is out of mind.’ Your garden must be within easy reach and sight. For instance, you could line pots outside your kitchen window or design a raised bed next to your barbecue. This will remind you to water, deweed and harvest them regularly.

You can also easily go out and pick something when you’re cooking. But if you have a dedicated front yard, plan your edible garden at least two feet away from the foundation of your home since it may leak from time to time. This could affect the pH balance of the soil, ultimately affecting the health of your produce. Build a solid passage for walking across the garden without damaging the crops or dirtying your shoes.images (15)

2. Some sunshine

While location is the starting point of planning your kitchen garden, you must also take into account natural sunlight. Vegetables are sunlight-loving. They yield best with six to eight hours of direct sunlight.

Fruit-bearing plants like tomatoes and squash grow well with eight hours or more, but leafy greens can do well with just four hours or less. Plants like lettuce that prefer cool weather, need to be in the shade of tall plants and can grow through the summer months. All said and done, choose a location that has full sunlight.2

3. Climate controls

Vegetables grow best in an open space that receives about six to eight hours of direct sunlight per day. But within this, you must create micro climates to suit different sunlight needs of your crops. Fences, walls and hedges can create these micro climates by keeping your plants protected from the harsh light when needed, as well as ensuring that it does not block out the sunlight completely.

To minimize the shade, line your garden rows from north to south. If you don’t have a place at home that receives six hours of sun, then consider growing vegetables that need moderate amounts of shade like beetroot, broccoli, garlic, lettuce, mint, parsley, radish or spinach.images (11)

4. The soil beneath

Soil is one of the prime drivers of the health of your vegetables. Not only does rich soil improve the overall health of the plant, it also wards of diseases and pests. Have your soil tested before planning your new garden. The test results will help you understand adjustments in soil quality and also its pH balance. Consider soil which is rich in organic matter.

The other route, which is safe and effective to maintain health of your plants, is to create raised beds. Raised beds mean soil that grows six or more inches above the ground. It allows full control over the soil, is free from damage by stepping over, drains well and warms up quickly so you can plant early. Be cautious of drainages and leakages. Vegetables don’t produce well in wet soil. Also, the nutrients you add should not leak out.

You will need to build run-off barriers if your site isn’t leveled. In a similar way, if your site isn’t leveled, you would have water from your driveway flowing into your kitchen garden. But if you don’t have a front yard, use a container garden filled with potting mix for ease and mobilization.images (7)

5. Draw boundaries

Fencing is crucial since you’re not the only one that loves vegetables. Famished critters can dash out your planting efforts sooner than you can notice. It may be a bit of a hassle, but nevertheless, your plants need that protection. You may require fencing both, above and below, your garden, but it doesn’t have to be fancy.

6. Choose wisely

Don’t let the excitement of planning your first kitchen garden let you make unruly decisions about planting beyond your needs. Choose your crops wisely. Grow only what you see yourself eating. Think of all the vegetables you like and how often you use them in your recipes.

From this bundle, grow those that taste better when harvested organically. Also consider availability of these plants in the market, their cost, space requirements and the attention they need.

For example, tomatoes are most popular for an edible garden since they taste better, are expensive outside, use little space, are easy to grow and can be used in almost every cuisine. Similarly, if you host a lot of barbecue parties, it would be best to grow vegetables that taste good when grilled, like corn and zucchini, or plants that you can use in cocktails.

You can also grow peppers, beans and eggplant as they produce continuously. If space permits, you can grow broccoli, cabbage or okra. Potatoes and sweet potatoes take up a lot of space and can only be harvested one time. Corn and asparagus grow tall, so plant them in a place where they don’t block sunlight from reaching other smaller crops.images (9)

7. Maintenance

Lastly, gardens need a lot of effort to maintain. So ensure you plan your week in such a way that you also take into account watering, weeding, pruning, fertilizing and harvesting. Kitchen gardening can be divided into two stages – garden preparation and garden maintenance.

In the first stage, while preparing your garden, you will be turning around the soil a lot. The primary tools required for these are a shovel, fork, trowel and tiller. Once your crops are growing, you will need another set of tools. This will include a hoe, hose, an irrigation system or a nozzle, stakes, twine and pruners.

So, stop procrastinating, strap on your tools and get to work in your kitchen!

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