By Manoj Pathak
Patna, March 20 (IANS): While the Covid-19 pandemic has forced most of us into isolation at home, it has prompted a couple in Patna to take up gardening as a hobby to stay engaged during these precarious times.
However, what started as a great hobby in the middle of the lockdown, has now turned into a nursery in its own right. From inexpensive flowering plants to horticulture advice over the phone, everything gardening related is available at their ‘Anshuman Garden’ nursery.
Revathi Raman Sinha and his wife Anshu Sinha, living in the Kankarbagh region of Patna, are the owners of this nursery, which receives at least 500 orders per day.
Speaking to IANS, Revathi said: “When we were in the house during the Covid-induced lockdown, we decided to grow some plants on our terrace. Anshu convinced me to do it, and I immediately took a liking to gardening when I first tried it.”
Revathi further explained that after learning the intricacies of gardening on YouTube, he started growing different types of ornamental and flowering plants. Their 1,500 square foot terrace is now home to more than 200 varieties of plants, some of which are evergreen such as hibiscus. Several types of vegetables are also grown here.
Over the past year, the couple had grown so many plants that they decided to start a nursery and start selling saplings at very low prices on the Internet.
“Unlike other incubators, we are not entirely focused on business and making a profit. They sell plants by bringing them from other places, but we grow the plants here, so we have enough margin despite selling them at a low price.
When a sapling or other materials worth Rs 600 are ordered from their nursery, the goods are delivered to the doorstep. Apart from this, the couple also shares information about their garden with people through social media. WhatsApp and Facebook are two great apps for circulating flower and plant information among customers.
They also sell organic compost prepared from kitchen scraps.
Anshu Sinha, who is a primary school teacher, said, “At first I had to ask my husband for help, but now he is more interested in plants than me. Not only do we help people grow plants, but we also ask for their opinions, look forward to hearing about their buying experience from us.”
Within a year, the couple sold plants to 100 customers. “We sell about 500 plants a day. You can also buy pots and compost from our nursery. We also get orders from out of state,” Revathi said.
The couple are now looking to take their business to the next level. They are looking for a bigger place where they can expand their nursery and sell more items.