How does Vetiver Grass Root (Ramacham) Plant Amend Soil

ramacham growing in grow bag

Vetiver should be among one of the essential plants grown in your surrounding area and also in your farms. There are a few varieties of vetiver available throughout India. The south Indian varieties are generally considered superior because it has more aromatic oil in its roots. Farmers or consumers only need its roots for consumption and other utilities. It grows upto 3 to 4 feet tall and can be cut…

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Traditional Processing Methods and Nutritional Benefits of Bamboo Shoot

fresh bamboo shoots

Traditional Techniques for Processing Bamboo Shoots Bamboo shoots are poisonous! Yes you heard it right. It contains cyanogenic glycosides called taxiphyllin; a type of hydrogen cyanide. It is also the same compound found in tapioca (cassava) leaves and its roots. It is fatal and can kill humans and animals. Having said so there are many varieties which have negligible levels of cyanide because of domestication and alteration in the genes…

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Rooting Plant Stem Cuttings – Lay them Horizontal

plant cuttings loose moisture after cutting

When you cut any living thing, it starts losing its life and nutrition. There are many plants which have poorly developed seeds or their progeny distribution through seeds is not that great. Older generations understood with experience that some crops planted in a certain ways yielded more or lived more or gained strength. Let’s take the example of Moringa (drum stick) here. Traditionally drumstick was not planted from seeds. Instead,…

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Drumstick Leaves Release Toxins during Karkidaka Masam (July – Aug)

Moringa or also know as drumstick leaves

Many among you might have heard that you should avoid eating drumstick leaves during Karkadamasam which falls between mid July and August. To know more about this, let’s first understand what’s so special about this month. In Kerala the rains go on and on without an end in sight. Starting with south west monsoon followed by the north east. There is a pattern for each month’s rains. However there are…

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Effective Natural ways to Control and use weed

Seeds are sown by humans; weeds by God. As this saying shows, it really is difficult to compete with weeds while farming. De-weeding becomes a back breaking process without smart planning. Weeds will suck up most of the nutrients from the soil in any available form and some weeds will make their own by using soil, air microbes, sunlight and water as solvent. Weeds can also be beneficial for other…

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