Kitchen Gardening

A kitchen garden may be a simple, central, all-season landscape or a little more. It can be a source of herbs, vegetables and fruits for your family and is often a structured garden space. Kitchen gardening can be a tad bit tactical and not everyone can master it.
Here are the 3 commonly made mistakes in kitchen gardening:

  1. Selection of the right soil ingredients:

Be generous with compost: Many of us tend to use a lot of soil and mix with a little bit of compost. Try using equal parts of fertile soil and compost for best results. Use coco peat in a slightly smaller quantity for water retention.

  1. Seed selection:

Most urban gardeners complain about either seed not germinating or weak flowering and less fruiting etc., in most cases, it’s the seed to be blamed. Seed exchange is the best method rather than buying it from a store. Try enrolling in some of the seed exchange forums and you’ll get the right kind of tested Seeds for use. Next time, you can make your own seed too!

  1. Usage of Bio fertilisers like Jeevamrutham etc… :

Always keep the soil covered. Mostly so after the application of jeevamrutham as its exposure to sun kills the very effect (useful microbes are sensitive to heat) it has on the plant.

We have a voice if you keenly observe…….Hear our hearts out!!

“ Since times known to us, humans are looking at us as carriers of weights. They put heavy sacks on our backs and never paid attention to what’s happening to us. They dumped clothes on us, at times stones, and many a time used us as lesser grade animals. They treated us as cheap labor.
As a result of which some agencies like IUCN deemed us as “near threatened”. They abuse us. They don’t just scold us, beat us and make us a slave, but also use our species name as an abuse in their colloquial.
Here we are blessed…. our curse to be donkeys in this lifetime seems to fade. We are now in a habitat where we are free and given our fair share on this earth. We are treated as celebrities to take pictures with….. It’s not just that now you see the girl… I heard people calling her vennela…. a beautiful girl she is…she came to spend time with us. It’s really a boon to be a donkey.
We can live here and spend the whole day to see her play with us. Look at how she is looking at us, warm yet cool. Like twilight….. She is indeed vennela cast on us for rest of the lifetime.”

Article – Vermi composting tips

The biopesticides and biofertilizers that we get in stores in most cases only contain 2% of the right microbial solution which is the reason why their effect is negligible in certain cases.
NIPHM of Hyderabad trained us and our farmers on the preparation of Biofertilizers and bio pesticides at farm level. Now we will get 100% pure microbial solutions for use and we have never been more excited to try it ourselves.
Our lab is underway and we are just a few days away in getting our self made Solutions.

Rays of Earth shine bright at Organo

It was a blissful experience for us during our visit to Organo for a field trip on October 17. The class VII students of Oakridge International School were taken there to experience the beauty of an organically preserved environment.
Organo is an eco-friendly community where everyone contributes to saving and preserving the environment in various ways like recycling, saving water and conserving electricity. The beauty of this place is that people living there try to make everything earth friendly and a better place without releasing harmful toxic gases into the air.
Organo is a group of people united to fix the massive problem of pollution by switching to renewable resources rather than using non-renewable resources.At Organo I saw the largest bio-pool in India. The place is very well organized and the people are friendly. The bio-pool includes many aquatic plants and different types of fish without any chemicals, not even chlorine. In a bio-pool, if there is excess water it is used for irrigation. We also had a wonderful pot making experience over there. Solar panels all around showed us that organo uses renewable sources of energy.
There were beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables at the farm which are grown organically without the use of any pesticides. Organo is a spectacular place to visit and would recommend everyone visits Organo to see the different innovative techniques used by the people over there.
Anand Deep Tirumala, class VII ‘E’ MYP,
Oakridge International School

Kids at Organo – Meridian School

The school field trip or an excursion we normally term it as has a long history in our education system. For nearly decades, students have been packed into buses to visit cultural institutions, museums, theaters, zoos, and historical sites.
It is a well known fact that more-advantaged families may give such exposure to their children outside of school hours, but the underprivileged students are less likely to have these experiences if schools do not provide them.
Schools have realised that these experiences enrich students knowledge and therefore gladly endured the expense and disruption to their regular schedules.
When schools do organize field trips, they are increasingly choosing to take students on trips to reward them for working hard to improve their test scores rather than to provide cultural enrichment and the exposure they need to build a better future.
This shift from “enrichment” to “reward” field trips is reflected in an evolving generational change among schools which are extremely modernised in the current scenario.
However, we need to question if this paradigm shift does actually benefit the students? Are we imparting a holistic education to our kids? Are we guiding them in the right direction to build a better future for themselves and the generations next?
These are exactly the concerns we at Organo have raised and have come up with a wonderful concept of Rurban (rural+urban).
Rurbun refers to a geographic territory or a landscape which possesses the economic characteristics and lifestyles of an Urban area while retaining its essential Rural area features. Simply put – Rurban denotes best of both the worlds.
Kids from most of the reputed schools visit Organo to get a hands on experience of the concepts there.
Recently, kids from Meridian School visited Organo to get a comprehensive experience of the activities and discern various facets of urban and rural lives.
These kids were taken around to get acquainted with different components and themes at Organo.
For example, they got a perspective of the rural concepts like:
Animal Husbandry: It’s a traditional goushala model and the cattle are let off the ropes to promote a natural habitat. Kids get a fair knowledge of how traditional healthy milking and cattle farming is done.
Pottery: Kids could get their hands on the pottery wheel to learn one of the oldest techniques of making ceramic or clay ware. They get familiar with the entire process of kneading, shaping and drying the clay.
Farming: The icing on the cake is the farming concept which the kids enjoy, dirtying their hands. Organo whips up the concept of growing your own food organically without the use of any pesticides.
Bio-pool: There is a large bio-pool at Organo the first of a kind in India. This includes many aquatic plants and different types of fish without any chemicals added, which can be in turn used for irrigation.
In additional kids got familiar with Urban concepts like:
Solar Power Panels: Kids are taught how Solar panels absorb the sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity or heat.
Bio Gas: One of the important products generated from waste products is bio gas, a fuel gas made from biomass such as human waste, animal waste, food waste, grass, straw etc.
Waste Management: Students get to know how to manage wet waste, dry waste and animal waste and generate power from the bio gas plant.
Not just that, there are lot of other activities such as Painting, Essay writing, Elocution etc coupled with the outdoor and indoor games. These competitions are held under the supervision of 2 -3 judges and the winners get rewarded!
Here are some of the comments from the judges during a painting competition held at Organo where kids from Meridian School participated:
“She did a good ….the imagery and composition are very good. And the sense of using forms is commendable. She deserves encouragement and should be encouraged to continue painting.”
“He has captured the learning about what’s happening in the world and v/s what’s happening in sight Organo well. ” Says Madhu Reddy.
“Mershitha has articulated the essence of what’s happening around now and what’s ideally should be happening in a Very nice info graphical way.”
Having said that, kids are also provided a discernment of protecting and conserving and recycling the natural resources like water, air, soil etc.
At Organo, kids are taught what life is outside and inside Organo. What are the dangers evolving due to pollution, technology advancement and a reckless human behavior.
Kids comprehend the importance of protecting the natural resources and environment for a better living.
Therefore, lets just not focus on our children to acquire skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people who appreciate the breadth of human accomplishments. The school field trips are an important tool for meeting this goal.