Flickers of nagging plagued me for weeks, reminding my absence from the blog posts. I must admit that I was active on the much maligned social network, posting about gardening and social activism ( mainly about water and power supply issues of our local areas). I was also kept busy with health issues, family gatherings and a few weddings. If you think I have neglected my Terrace garden, you are very right I did.
One silver lining was that I had time to rethink on my gardening strategies. I am tired of procuring various stuff like cow dung , urine , sugar cane juice etc etc and make Panchagavya and other organic plant fertilizers. My domestic help too was playing tough, and finally the cow went away from the neighbourhood, much to my helper’s relief. I am out of making Panchagavya or Jeevamrithum, which are now readily available in our city , every other day of the week.
Luckily I found a milk supplier who has agreed to deliver the raw materials, if I need. I am humoring him by ordering milk from his Goshala , though I find it fairly diluted with water (hope he is using good water and not borewell). There you have it, when one door closes , other opens.
The next step was to experiment with the much publicised Compost tea. One fine day, I scouted for the fish tank aeration pump, with the help of a nice auto driver, who knew where it could be bought. It is strange, how the easiest tasks of yesteryears, become difficult when one is getting advanced in years and lacks transport for easy mobility. On the other side, the city auto drivers are kind enough to take me to various places and wait for me to finish the purchases. The advantages of old age and cheap transport.
That accomplished, I went ahead and started the Compost tea. Faithfully I also added a few drops of my home – made fish amino acid( Christian Alvares Luzong inspired) , and earned disgusting looks from the family. I was requested to shift the concoction to the Terrace and save them the perils of my experiment. However, watching those lovely air bubbles , gave immense inspiration and strength to stand firm. It seems that the plants too love the spray of the Tea and they are responding well.
Meanwhile, the papaya gave some more fruits. The Jasmine plants gave a good harvest.,and still doing so. the old brinjal plants also revived. The Ivy gourd is happy with the tea. I have seen some beans too coming up with vigour, along with a few capsicum plants.
Whatever this plant is, it is relishing the drink.
The sad episode which marred the joy of early arrival of the rains, was the uprooting of my dear Gulmohar tree of 30 years. It was a blow to the tree, and to my sense of being eco-friendly , when the strong winds brought the tree down on our compound and balcony, damaging electric and telephone wires. Those winds of 4th / 5th June 2013 , damaged many such trees in the city . As if that was any consolation for me. The electricity department expressed their inability to help us, and we had to get costly private help, and a very stressful time to get it cut and disposed, without major damage to our house. I feel a sense of loss.
But there is always a beginning once the rains arrive and cools down the atmosphere. The materials supplied by the A.P. Horticultural Department is to good use. I prepared Amrit Mitti during the summer and have started greening the heap. Mitti for the new seedlings for the year 2013.
Hope to keep the blogging instincts alive , along with the Terrace Garden.