Sunday, 3 June 2012

Back again with a new veg patch

Been a while now since my last post. I think social sites like 'Facebook' et al are virtually eating into the time people may want to spend with writing as well as reading blogs.
Maybe it's the attention span that seems to be getting shorter with everyone around the world and in turn harbouring in, a 'quick fix' syndrome.
But if that were to be the case then it would surely mean an end for writing and reading books!
Judging by the continuous plethora of books populating the shelves in bookstores, such a 'doomsday' seems to be quite unlikely.
So i guess writers across the board shall have to sharpen their skills and their contents in order to hold the interest of readers, thereby enabling the survival of the written word extending beyond the limits set by 'twitter'.
Hopefully, i will be able to hold the interest of readers of my blog.
It's been 2 years now since gardening has become the single most significant and sustained activity in my daily life.
A year ago, i ventured with a vegetable patch in a small way, which sadly, did not yield much positive results.
The crop bore flowers and blossoms but the same did not convert into fruit/vegetable. Perhaps there were cross pollination issues or perhaps i did not cut back sufficiently enough on the surrounding weed growth.
Well life is always a learning curve and one must try and learn and adapt accordingly.
I have made a note of what may have been shortcomings on my part with last year's veg patch and made suitable amendments in the recently sowed fresh patch.
I have sufficiently tilled, aerated the soil, sifted out all the rubble and stones therein and enriched the soil with a proper mix of cow dung manure and some coco peat.
Also, made sure to sow some sun flower seeds to attract and increase the butterflies and bees to help with cross pollination, along with sowing the boundary with 'Tur', Pigeon Pea, a pulse crop which will help by acting as a wind break for the vegetables as also fix nitrogen in the soil.
Last but not the least, shall keep a hawk eye on the surrounding weed and 'other' vegetative growth and do the needful cutback.
Needless to say, this new hobby apart from being an attempt towards self reliance for our kitchen needs, is also complimentary to my other hobby of photography.
Accordingly i have taken photographs in order to document the progress of the current veg patch and i shall be happy to post the same once the patch has made significant progress.
Till then.......
Some Big Time Cheers! 

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