It's a time when most people in Hyderabad are hooked on to organic farming and would love to have their veggies and fruits off their kitchen gardens and veggie patches. But it has to be observed that there are a growing number of people who are making use of their terrace spaces to grow a whole lot of varieties of fruits and vegetables.
While many are happy growing a few vegetables or fruits, Saileela Darsha is one such enthusiastic farmer who has taken her hobby one step further. She has managed to grow 200 varieties of vegetables on her terrace that include 26 types of tomatoes, 11 types of brinjal, 15 types of bottle gourd, and four types of snake gourd, apart from beans, carrot, green chilies, Donda, to all kinds of leafy vegetables.
Not stopping there, Saileela Darsha also grows a good variety of fruits that include apples, sapota, grapes, guava, dragon fruit, and watermelon. She also has okra, which is a variety of ladies' finger that grows up to 16 inches. Being an ardent farmer, Saileela also procures seeds from her friends in Kerala, which is known to grow a huge variety of vegetables through her friends.
And like all organic farmers, Saileela uses cow dung and kitchen waste as compost which keeps her plants fresh and healthy. All this shows in the taste, says the home-maker-cum-farmer. Buoyed by her success, Saileela has started a YouTube channel Saileela Vlogs and posts regular videos about her farming practices.