Soil Observation in Buddha Garden

In our gardening class in Buddha garden, to understand the difference in the soil in different places, we took samples of soil from various parts of Buddha garden.

One from a fertile bed, one from near the pond and one from a bed in the process of being made very fertile.

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Soil samples were of different shades.We observed each sample  and concluded that:

1.The darker the soil the more moisture it has.

2.The blacker the soil the more organic matter in it.

3.The soil near the pond had a high quantity of silt thus it was a lighter brown.

4.The soil from the fertile bed was very dark and black as it was full of moisture and organic matter.

5.The soil from the bed which was not yet very fertile was lighter than the complete bed but darker than the soil from near the pond.

Vyomini.

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Toy Making workshop

In this day and age of video games, we teachers were skeptical as to how the children from the multicultural background, used to modern technology would react to a workshop on making traditional toys with simple household materials.But finally, we arranged it after a lot of persuasion from Deepakji who was offering the workshop.

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The workshop was divided into 5 sessions of 2 hours each and the last day Deepak called hospital day where the children would mend the toys they had made if needed .

So the first session began with introduction and making of the toy which children named magical window.

The second toy was made with simple twig and paper.It was called dancing doll.

The third toy was a bit more complicated but after two days experience children were more confident.It was amazing to see that each toy though of the same kind was a unique creation.

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The fourth day was board game time.We made an ancient Bagh Bakri that involves 20 counters characterized as bakri or goats and 4 counters as bagh (tiger).It is a strategic hunting game where the tigers have to kill as many goats as they can while moving forward two steps in any direction.And goats have to trap tigers from all sides.This game ends only when the tigers have captured all the goats or if the goats are successful in trapping all the tigers and hence, they are unable to move.

Children made their own plus we made a huge board on the floor and counters.The room was abuzz with children and adults keenly playing the game.Deepak did not give away the rules so children could actually decide for themselves and come up with different innovative ideas and strategies.

 

There was a lot of scope for creativity and imagination as the toys were named by children themselves and there were objects to draw and paint.It was an amazing experience both for students as well as teachers.We experienced the joy and wonder a simple toy can offer.

Buddha Garden

I went to Buddha Garden on Wednesday with my classmates. It was not my first time to do gardening. I used to do gardening in Korea with my family. I wanted to challenge again and experience more things. That’s why I decided to join gardening.

I’ve been wondering what we were going to do on our first day and I thought it would be very hard. We did weeding, planting, and carrying the stuffs for gardening. My favo

rite work was planting pumpkins. I like planting, because my mind is really happy when I plant something by myself and I feel that I am giving a new life for a plant, whichever plant it is. Before starting planting, we had to cut all grasses and throw out rocks. It was hard to keep my position and my legs hurt a lot. And everything was interesting.

It was first day for everyone to come to Buddha Garden and we looked around the garden. I imagined the garden would be very tiny but it was extremely big than I had expected. They provide a lot of vegetables and fruits, and I was happy that I also planted pumpkins and provide one thing. I hope we  do something at other place next time and I would like to do harvesting, too.

We ate breakfast there and came back to school. It was such a nice experience to do gardening, and I am looking forward for the next class. I think gardening is same as giving lives for them and I’m really joyful to do such works. I hope we have plant next time.

By Eunsu

Visit To Eco-Service

We  visited the Eco service center on 6th September. We all went by bicycle. All of us went there to see what happens to  our waste. When we reached there we met Palini,he showed us around the Eco service. I learned that the paper Auroville bakery uses can turn into compost. Palini also told us that they do not take wet waste like vegetable peelings etc. The plastic which  ptdc use for the flour, rice packing are easier to recycle. The chips packets like Lays and Kurkure have seven different layers and cannot be recycled. When we finished our tour around Eco service we went back to the main office. We met a lady named kali. She asked us” what can you do to change the community?’. Everyone answered differently. Then we pledged that we wouldn’t use plastic straws for a year .  After we use it once we throw them away In the sea and oceans and because of that they  get stuck in the turtles nose.

We thanked them for their time and left. We learned that straws can be useful to humans and harmful  for the sea creatures, we should not buy chips packet like Lays because they take a long time to get recycled.

We thank Eco service for doing fantastic work for the community.

Sana

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Making Soil

INGREDIENTS

  • LOCAL COW DUNG  – 1 KG
  •  COW URINE –  5 LTR
  • JAGGERY – 50 GM
  • GARDEN SOIL – HANDFUL
  • WATER – 10 LTR

STEP 1

MIX THE INGREDIENTS ABOVE AND LEAVE FOR THREE DAYS.

STIR TWELVE TIMES CLOCKWISE AND ANTICLOCKWISE

STEP 2 – SOAK DRY LEAVES IN SOLUTION

COLLECT A LARGE PILE OF LEAVES COMING FROM DIFFERENT TREES. ADD THE AMRUT JAL SOLUTION [10 LTR] TO A BARREL OF 100 LTR OF WATER. ADD THE DRY LEAVES CONTINUOUSLY PUSHING THEM DOWN INTO THE SOLUTION. COMPACT AS MANY LEAVES INTO THE SOLUTION AS POSSIBLE.  USE BIG, HEAVY STONES  TO PUSH THEM DOWN. LEAVE TO SOAK FOR 24 HOURS

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STEP 3 –  LAYER LEAVES IN BED

IN THE BED, PUT A THIN LAYER OF SOAKED LEAVES FOLLOWED BY A THIN SPRINKLING OF SOIL , THEN ANOTHER LAYER OF LEAVES, THEN SOIL, ETC. CONTINUE FOR AS MANY LAYERS AS POSSIBLE. IT IS OPTIONAL TO ADD CRUSHED “CHARGED” BIO-CHARCOAL INTO  THE SOIL FOR THE FINAL SOIL LAYER.

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STEP 4 – PLANT IN SOME GREEN MANURE

TO HELP THE SOIL DEVELOP AND BECOME RICH AND STRUCTURED, YOU CAN ADD SPROUTED GREEN MANURE SEED’S  INCLUDING; LEGUME SEEDS ( DHALS, PEAS), MILLET SEEDS ( RAGI , TENNAI,..) COVER THE SOIL WITH MULCH TO PROTECT FROM THE SUN.(‘3’) (‘3’) (‘3’)

Why did we use these ingredients?

WHY DID WE USE CHARCOAL IN THE BED?

CHARCOAL CAN BE USED TO RAISE THE SOILS PH. IT ALSO IMPROVES AIR CIRCULATION AND INCREASES THE SOILS ABILITY TO RETAIN WATER AND NUTRIENTS

(AUTHOR: VIGNESH)

WHY DID WE USE COW URINE IN THE BED?

COW URINE CONTAINS 95% WATER 2-5% UREA AND THE REMAINING 2-5% IS A MIXTURE OF SALTS, HORMONES, ENZYMES , AND MINERALS. IT PROVIDES NUMEROUS NUTRIENTS TO MICROBES THAT SPEED UP DECOMPOSITION PROCESS. IT IS CAPABLE OF TREATING MANY DISEASES. VEGETABLE PLANTS SUFFER FROM DISEASE CAUSED BY VARIOUS KINDS OF PATHOGENS SUCH AS BACTERIA, FUNGI, VIRUSUS NEMATODES AND MICRO PLASMA. IT ALSO HAS AN EXCELLENT GERMICIDAL POWER ANTI MICROBIAL ACTIVITY.

(AUTHOR: KAVYA)

WHY DID WE USE GREEN MANURE IN THE BED?

ONE OF THE MOST UNDERUSED METHODS OF SOIL IMPROVEMENT IS THE USE OF GREEN MANURES. THESE ARE PLANTS GROWN SPECIFICALLY TO BE PUT BACK INTO THE SOIL. WE HAVE SANDY SOIL WHICH IS NOT GOOD AT RETAINING NUTRIENTS. GROWING GREEN MANURE CAN REDUCE THE LOSS OF NITROGEN IN THE SOIL BY UP TO 97% COMPARED TO SOIL LEFT BARE.

(AUTHOR: PALLAVI)

WHY DID WE USE COW DUNG IN THE BED? 

ELIMINATES PATHOGENS, ADDS ORGANIC MATTER, IMPROVES AIR CIRCULATION IN THE BED AND IT HAS BENEFICIALAL BACTERIA.

(AUTHOR: ARAV)

WHY DID WE USE JAGGERY IN THE BED?

WE NEED JAGGERY IN THE BED TO FEED ALL THE LITTLE GOOD BACTERIA IN THE COW DUNG AND COW URINE TO MAKE PLANTS GROW AND ACTIVATE THEM.

(AUTHOR: LEAH)

Photos: After 7 and 14 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance of play :Helen of Egypt on the Open House Day

Today we had the open house at Deepanam School.It is an opportunity to for the parents and the community to come and see what’s happening in the school.

We had presentations of Tamilnadu Project by the students of the  Peace group.It was a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of the state.It was wonderful how dance and puppet show was blended in the presentation.

It was followed by a play in French, which was much appreciated by the audience.

Finally, it was Faith group’s turn.We had been studying ancient Egypt since the beginning of January.It included reading the book: Cleopatra on the Nile, learning the hymn of the river Nile and Ra; .traveling to the very moment when Egypt was created by reading the creation story and painting the Gods and Goddesses in ancient Egyptian style.

Somehow something was missing.We wanted to live the experience of being Egyptians.So what could be better than a play? After a long search finally a script suitable was found in the library.Thus began the saga of the play: Helen of EGYPT.

Excerpt from the background of the play script:”It is said that Helen was so beautiful that her face launched a thousand ships and the Trojan war was fought to bring her back to Greece.

The ancient Egyptians had a very different version of the story, and that version is
presented in this play. This story was told by the priests of Egypt until it was written down by the Greek historian Herodotus, who went to Egypt to learn more about the past. (When the Greeks wanted to study ancient history, they went to Egypt. Though Greek civilization is old, the kingdoms of Egypt stretch much further back into the sands of time.)
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After much brainstorming as to who would play what role our practice sessions began.Time was short but we finally did it.

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