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The Organic Diaries- Step 1: The Clean Up Act

August 12, 2013 • Posted in: News, The Organic Diaries, Workshops

A week before we were scheduled to sow our seeds, we had our partners from Taj Baghvan help weed and clean up and add some fresh soil to the patch for the organic garden. Already behind schedule due to schools opening late, we decided to sow as early as possible in July. With the patch all weeded and ready, the last thing on our minds was the lashing rains that hit Pench that very week! With a record high rainfall this year, the weather in Pench was not on our side and before we knew it we had our rich soil washed away, weeds taking over our patch again and a baby snake as a visitor.

Clearing the mess that accumulated beside the patch chosen for the kitchen garden.

Clearing the mess that accumulated beside the patch chosen for the kitchen garden.

Redoing all the hard work since the weather wasn't on our side.

Redoing all the hard work since the weather wasn’t on our side.

Hence, we started all over again. Students cleared the patch of all the overgrown wild plants, weeded the patch and tilled the remaining soil. (Don’t worry, we very carefully let the snake slither away!)

Our expert gardener, Ms. Pulkita Parsai, checking out the patch.

Our expert gardener, Ms. Pulkita Parsai, checking out the patch.

Last came in our dumpers of organic manure or more commonly known as cow dung and some good old black soil.

We thought we were ready, but like we said, the weather was in no mood to cooperate!

Find out what happens next as we try to put together our patch. Watch out for more posts on #theorganicdiaries on Twitter!

(The E-Base program is all about putting into practice learnings at the E-base. Our modules are well complemented by hands- on and practical implementations through our projects in schools we associate with. The three main projects for this year- organic gardening, composting and energy generation through a bicycle aim to drive home the necessity of a commitment towards sustainability and environmental conservation.)

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