Climate:Tropical, equable, hot, humid and dry.
Soil: Red soil in the Southern-most part of Kerala
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Tobacco leaf and garlic are the two ingredients that is being used for controlling pest. Usage of this will not kill any pest or worm, but will restrict it to reproduce
Further to that manually remove the worms from the leaves or found in any other parts of the plant.
This time for preparing compost used wood chips since I read that wood chips could produce more earth worms while processing it for compost preparation.
Step 1 : Collect dry leaves from your yard and either crush it with hands or else use a cutter to chop into pieces.
|Chopped dry leaves of Teak|
|Dry chopped Coconut leaves.|
In India, Kerala state is rich in coconut plantation. These leaves were also chopped into pieces.
Step 2 : If you have harvested any plant from your garden, then make use of those for composting.
Chop those plant leaves and its stem into smaller pieces. Make sure that the plant is free from pest or worms. Ideal way to process this would be, once the plant is plucked out from the container, cut the plant leaves and stem into pieces and leave it under sunlight for 2-3 days so that if there are any worms or insects that may not reproduce or will be killed.
Step 3 : Wood chips if available make use of it, since this is a high carbon source and would increase the moisture content within in the compost processing container.
The air within the pile moves more easily through the composting materials. Therefore, during the active composting period, the temperature inside the pile does not fall even without frequent turning or aeration.
Step 5 : Mix chopped dry leaves, plant parts, wood chips and vegetable waste in a container that will be used for composting, container should have the provision for air circulation with in it and also suggested for continuous mixing
Turn the compost at least 3 times in a week, exposed parts of the compost towards the middle of the container. This will expose the compost to oxygen which essential to break it down. Doing this will also accelerate the decomposition process.
|Processing compost in a clay pot.|
Monday, April 11, 2011
In this image you can see a pupa which almost looked like a skull.
It is been 30 days now, since I have seen this chameleon. I could find him/her when it was very tiny in size and always hanging on either bitter gourd or other beans plant.
Missing him a lot..........
Small bugs on bitter gourd plants. Too many and not easy to control.
Weather condition was not that supporting for a good Harvest, but still the plants could fetch the maximum. There are a lot of learning attached to this season, those will be described in this Post.
In this image you can see that the tomato fruit is too small, apart from that, purple brinjal, green chilly and lady's finger can be seen in the basket.
( Planted 3 months before)
20 Okra in 3 months, Plants still has 10-15 buds.
Tomato- 4 Plants ( Planted 3 months before)
Big Size- 25, Small size- 50.
Pumpkin - 3 Plants( Planted 3 months before)
Only One fruit appeared but in growing stage. Taking longer time , but the vines are spreading around the roof.
Green chilly - 6 Plants( Planted 6 months before)
Snake guard 3 Plants( Planted 2 months before)
Cucumber 2 Plants( Planted 50 days before)
Indian Spinach (Green & Red) 50 Plants.
Every plant was matured enough to use for making curries. We had a good Dal curry while using spinach as an ingredient.
Long Beans 2 Plants
Started giving flowers
Brinjal (Egg Plant) 10 Plant (Planted 3 months before)
50 Brinjal (Small in size)
Elephant yam, Colocasia,
Flowers are constantly appearing. Enjoying the beauty of it.
Bitter gourd 4 plants
Started producing fruits.
Big broad bean 2 plants
Green egg plant