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    Add green to your home with help from Pretty Patio

    HDAnchor5Mona D’Silva is painting the town green, one home at a time, through her venture, Pretty Patio. Her gardening solutions are designed especially for those with space constraints. “After a lot of research and DIY sessions, I came up with this idea,” says D’Silva, a visual arts graduate from Chitrakala Parishath, who worked with a landscaping company for a few years, before setting up on her own.

    Tips for beginners.
    I would suggest that everyone go organic. Use no chemical pesticides and growth hormones. Learn about composting and organic kitchen waste management.  Ideal indoor plants Peace lilies, palms, boston ferns are locally available plants that can be kept indoors.  Easy outdoors Succulents are perfect for the  forgetful gardener. Keep in sunny spots, and water once a week in the summer and once a month
    during the winter. Rs.300 upwards. At Rabbit Hole, Indiranagar. Details:  facebook.com/Pretty Patio.GardenUp

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    Currently working out of her home studio, D’Silva’s products range from terracotta pots, to upcycled planters and terrariums. A riot of brick reds, yellows, royal blue, ceruleans and cyans, the terracotta planters are a huge hit in open bottle shapes, Grecian vases, witches’ cauldrons, and tea cups. Terrarium in regular fish bowls as well as water jugs and tea kettles. She also upcycled reclaimed tyres, wood or ‘anything good enough to hold soil.’
    “Pretty Patio is different because I work with living art that serves multiple purposes. My ideas are fresh and my products are quirky,” she enthuses. Her latest include reclaimed wood planters with colourful succulents “to create a unique statement in your patio or garden,” shares D’Silva.
    —RR

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