Preparing 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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