Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, biological pest control
and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity and control pests.
Since in urban cities limitation is insufficient land for farming, the concept of terrace farming, vertical and container farmings are upcoming trends in urban farming. Here in this blog I will be sharing every single effort and techniques in building my Organic Roof :)

Location Details:

Country: India

State: Kerala

City: Trivandrum

Climate:Tropical, equable, hot, humid and dry.


Soil: Red soil in the Southern-most part of Kerala

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spinach or Palak Plantation

Spinach is one of the most vitamin-rich plants. Spinach does best when growing in moist, nitrogen-rich soil. Brought to India by Arab traders.


Harvest


Thanks to Monsoon in Kerala. Fresh Indian Spinach was harvested from 25 pots.





Plant was transplanted from another pot. Plant grew in size to harvest in a months time. This plant require moderate sunlight and the soil should be moisturized in stipulated time periods. 







Seed

Spinach plants form a deep taproot; for best growth, loosen the soil at least 1 foot deep before planting.

Saplings 

Seeds were sown in a clay pot and then after 14 days this was transplanted to smaller pots and bags.


Nutritious Value of Indian Spinach 
  • Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A and reduces the risk of eye diseases.
  • Consuming this in a regular diet brings the blood pressure down to normal levels.
  • Can be used to prevent and treat many cardiovascular diseases like hyperlipidemia, heart failure, hypertension and coronary heart diseases as it strengthens the heart muscles, allowing the blood to be pumped to all parts of the body.
  • Spinach is rich in minerals like manganese, copper, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus which help in building strong bones and lowering the chances of osteoporosis.
  • Studies show that spinach lowers the cancer risk by 34%.
  • It is advisable for pregnant women to include spinach in their regular diet as folate found in it is needed by the growing fetus for development of a new nervous system.
  •  Helps in loosing weight.
  • Improves the quality of the sperm.
  • Can help cure constipation.



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