Anyone Can Grow

A 5-part Series on the basics of growing your own organic food at home

Anyone Can Grow is an online series, born out of the questions we’ve had from people since the beginning of the COVID-19 driven lockdown in India. Difficulties with access to fresh vegetables and fruits during this difficult period led to a sharp increase in interest in growing, and we felt that this webinar series might be a good way to help.

In the course of this series of webinars, we’ve attemped to share knowledge that will help you grow a variety of vegetables productively in terrace, balcony and kitchen gardens — going step by step from finding seeds in your kitchen to your first harvests. These sessions are experiential, and involve conversations.

View all 5 parts on YouTube here:

During the series we’ve covered the following:
— In the Session #1, on 9 April, we discussed the quickest and simplest ways to get started growing home-grown organic vegetables. All you need to kickstart this are a few things you’re likely to find around your kitchen.
Watch the video from the first episode here:

— In Session #2, on 16 April, we discussed how to start up your nurseries with seeds and get your containers ready for growing. This includes selecting appropriate containers for growing; preparing the containers for sowing; making good organic soil; vegetables that can be sown directly; and tips for troubleshooting your seedling nurseries.
Video from the second episode is available here:

— In Session #3, on 23 April, we discussed how to start the process of transplanting your seedlings into growing containers. We spoke about how to plan your kitchen garden, so you grow the right quantities of various vegetables and herbs for your kitchen. This session also includes planting multiple plants in each container and how to grow microgreens in shaded balconies.
Video from the third episode is available here:

— In Session #4, on 30 April, we talked about how to care for your plants and your kitchen garden, and how you can protect them against pests and disease. We also discussed how you can identify problems affecting your plant’s health, and several organic approaches to managing common pests.
Watch the video from the fourth episode here:

— In Session #5, on 7 May, we talked about when (and how) to harvest different types of vegetables and planning your replacement or succession plants. We also demonstrate how to reset your pots for the next growing season and how you can also grow fruit trees in large containers.
Video from the fifth episode is available here:

Slides and other resources from Sessions #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 can be accessed here:

Format: Presentation by resource persons followed by AMA
Participation: This event war free to attend. RSVP to participate.
Who should participate: anyone who is interested in growing food at home.

You can share your questions after the event by:

  1. Commenting on the [comments tab] (
  2. Joining our Telegram Group and leave messages:
  3. Emailing if you have questions that you want to ask during the AMA or topics that you want the presenters to address.

For more details, Call or Message Green Essentials on +918087000708.

About the resource persons:##

Yogita Mehra started Green Essentials in Goa, out of an interest in the environment, a desire for better food quality and her passion for kitchen gardening. Involved in environmental causes since college, she went on to get her Masters in Environmental Economics from the University of Massachusetts. Yogita was a researcher with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Karan Manral is co-founder at Green Essentials. He has been involved with kitchen gardening, organic farming and urban tree planting initiatives in Goa. With stints in technology media, communication and marketing, Karan has been trying to make growing food more accessible for folks new to urban farming.

About Green Essentials: Green Essentials, based in Goa, guides people who are looking to improving the quality of their food, by growing it organically at home. Learn more about Green Essentials here:


Short presentation: preparing pots for growing, soil improvement and direct sowing

Yogita Mehra, Karan Manral

1 hour16 April 2020

Short presentation: seeds and nurseries - setting up your seedling nurseries

Yogita Mehra, Karan Manral

2 hours13 April 2020

Ask Me Anything (AMA): on preparing pots for growing, soil improvement and direct sowing

Facilitated by Yogita Mehra and Karan Manral

1 hour29 April 2020

Short presentation: Caring for your kitchen garden + managing pests and disease organically

Yogita Mehra, Karan Manral

2 hours 7 May 2020

Ask Me Anything (AMA): Harvesting, Succession planting and Growing Fruits in Pots

Facilitated by Yogita Mehra and Karan Manral

2 hours 8 May 2020

Short presentation: Harvesting, Succession planting and Growing Fruits in Pots

Yogita Mehra, Karan Manral

2 hours 8 May 2020

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Green Essentials started out in 2009. We help people learn how to grow their own food (vegetables, fruits and herbs) at home, organically. Read more