A fresh start

 
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You might be wondering why I created this website/ blog under the cover  of sharing tips on gardening yet still only blogging my personal philosophical thoughts.

Being an orhanic gardener require a lots of courage, will power and hard work. Its not a simple task. A courage to say no to inorganic methods. A courage and will power to learn the ways of nature and move ahead. Hard work in terms of physical and mental attitude towards the forces of nature. I personally feel this is my responsibility to seed and nurture this in your minds for a better experience as an organic gardener.

Ever since I started practicing organic gardening I have been facing all types of hardships both from humans and nature. But my strong following of the 3P’s I preach has kept me going. As they say “A Cherry on top” nature has yet again left me with a challenge in the name of “Vardha”.

What you are seeing above is the glimpse of the status of my organic terrace garden post the fury of cyclonic storm Vardha which has devastated the daily life of every person in the city of Chennai.

The cyclone has stormed out leaving power cables down, spoiling the under sea firber optics leaving the network down. The city is in the state of stalemate with no practical communication/ knowledge of communication on the devastation, yet the city is radiating back with positive minded people working hard to set things back.

As there is no power taking care of family needs are of top most priority however it is also important for me as a gardener to recover and nurture the surviving plants with which I can rebuild the garden.

With uncertinity on when the power woukd resume, using the water available in the water tank for garden needs is not an advisable task. So have to fetch water from ground all the way to the 3rd floor. Have to clear the debries and make way to the plants that did survive yet lying under the debris for some one to save them. No practical (physical) help from neighbours as they do have understandable priorities to take care of there family. Even hired worker are into activities that has much larger priorities.

Hence its game on yet again me rebuilding the garden from scratch physically alone but mentally strong and supported by like minded positive souls. I will document each and every step of my journey so that all can benefit.

Thank you folks for spending your time. The light is on so let me get to my garden first before other priorities pitch in.

Happy gardening.

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Recovering from a disaster

 
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Gardening is all about experience. Both good and bad. Mostly its the bad experience that is showered more. More than a lush green garden or a decent yield its the pest/ disease attack or an undue climate that gives a  hard time to a budding gardener.

Did you just agree to what i said above? Well I would recommend you to disagree with my above note. Recollect the 3 P’s I had discussed earlier and invoke the patience and perseverance part in you.

Remember life is all about up’s and down’s. If you get tired and loose interest due to the constant downs you face in life you may never raises up. But if your give it a second thought your destiny would be different. This life lesson can be easily learnt through gardening.

There is a story circulates about “success and failure” . It goes like this “Thomas Alva Edison” was asked about the number of times (the numbers are different in each versions hence avoiding it) he had failed in finding the light bulb. Tho this Mr. Edison allegedly said, “I have not failed number of times. I have successfully discovered number of ways to NOT make a light bulb.”

Did he say this or not is not our point of discussion. Its the positive attitude conveyed through this message that matters. When it comes to having a positive attitude it is a must have for every gardener.

Every single fury of nature be it the hot humid weather prevailing  in Chennai, the gushing winds even during normal days in my terrace, the Chennai floods in 2015 or the sudden showers in early 2016 have all thought me many new lessons on ways how not to take nature for granted.

Finally when I just thought I am getting experienced in understanding nature yet again nature has smiled back at me in the name of “Vardha”.

I thought I had kept the garden prepared to face the natures fury and had made all arrangements appropriately. I was expecting to see a medium impact at the end of the encounter with few pillars down and few pots upset. But when the fury of the winds growing minute by minute I started preparing myself for the worst. When I went to take a sneak peak of the garden today evening I realized that it was not worse it was indeed a disaster.

The wind has pushed all the pillars, many pots upset, few pots were not around the stone slabs kept on side have been thrown away. You name it I saw it in the few minutes I was there. The gushing winds still around I came down with the help of a heavy heart. I was literally crying from inside but after a brief moment I saw an opportunity budding out of this disastrous situation and decided to seize it.

Yes I lost my hard work in rebuilding the garden for the last few weeks to the fury of nature, but I am still here and so is this website. There can be no good opportunity like this ever where I document every single step of rebuilding my garden from scratch. What do you say isn’t that a spark worth moving ahead ?

Will document my activities soon. Until than happy gardening friends. Stay safe.

 

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Organic farming – as explained by Iyya Dr. Nammazwar

 
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In my earlier post I had mentioned about the beautiful explanation from the legend organic agriculturist iyaa Dr. Nammalvar .

Speech from iyaa Dr. Nammalvar

This post is a full translation as said by him. Its after listening to this short speech from him I have changed my methods of organic gardening. Let me start without wasting time.

“The Doub/ Toddy Palm is considered to grow even in a desert, however its dying now in Tamil Nadu. This is a sign that our land is turning worse than a dessert.

What is causing this to happen?

The chemicals used in farming is causing damage to our environment by  mixing with rain water and entering deep into the soil . The turns the water poisonous to the extent that even if you fetch drinking water from the depth of 300 feet it has been poisoned.

The damage from this contamination affects the grass and hay stalk fed to the cattle . There by the milk from the cattle is also poisoned and so is the woman who feeds on such milk. While nursing the poison is fed to the new born. It is a most hideous truth that a mothers feeds poison to her child. This shows that both psychologically and physically we are in a pretty bad state.

So how do we get rid of this situation?

Here is what I have to say. Nature has its own law which existed even before the human race was formed. It will exist even after human race is extinct. Hence it is better that we understand these laws of nature. Our mistake was that we tried to outsmart nature. We decided to add 40% Nitrogen (N), 20% Potash (P), 20% Phosphorus (K) – NPK. However what we missed was when we added these chemicals to the soil the naturally occurring micro organisms died.

To get these micro organisms back you need to avoid usage of these chemicals as these kill the micro organisms. Further you need to enrich the soil with organic waste as the soil is carving for same. Organic wastes such as cow, goat, hen manure mixed with leaves and composted is fed to the soil. This compost acts as food for the micro organisms  Hence if we learn to return organic waste to the soil it will reward us with a bountiful harvest forever.

What is agriculture?

Agriculture is harvesting solar energy

Agriculture = Harvesting the solar energy + feeding the bacteria.

Agriculture is all about harvesting solar energy to the maximum. Next to support the process we also need to feed the bacteria’s. Its called Photosynthesis. This is the process by which a leaf absorbs light energy from sun and converts it into starch. Then the leaf after consuming this starch feeds the balance to its roots. The roots spread across the soil absorbs water and supplies to the leaves. The roots does not feed the leaves, its the leaves  that feeds the roots. Hence if you say that you are feeding the leaves through its roots, then its not science. Once you understand this then you can clarify to any one.

Then why are we manuring the soil?

These manure is for the microbes in the soil. We distribute these microbes to farmers in packets in the name of azospirillum, rhizobium, phospobacteria, pseudomonas. These are microbes.

  • The microbes supply nitrogen from air to the plant.
  • The microbes extract phosphorus from the earth and supplies to leaves.
  • The microbes converts the materials in soil to potash and supplies to the plant.

So there is no need to purchase these minerals from shop as these are produced by the bacteria present in the soil.

Hence a healthy soil should constitute the following 3 components.

  1. Physical property of the soil – The land should be rich in minerals.
  2. Biological property of the soil – soil should have all kinds of organisms. it should have micro organisms, earth worm, millipede, frog, crab etc etc.
  3. Chemical property – when the above 2 exists and work together all essential nutrients for the plants is formed in the soil.

It is this healthy soil which supports the growth of healthy plants which in turn provides a good yielding harvest.”

Hope I had made justice in translating iyya’s speech. Will write more detailed articles on what I do from his tips and how I get benefited.

Until then happy gardening folks.

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