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Farming is no longer about sustainability … it’s about regeneration – Letters – Ely Standard

Our soils are dead. Increased use of pesticides and chemicals has killed off all the beneficial microorganisms in the soil.

Apparently there are about 3,000 insect pests in the world that eat crops and harm livestock. For each one of these pests there are around 3,000 beneficial insects.

Spraying wipes out the whole insect community. Billions of pounds are spent every year to combat pests but unfortunately the bad bugs develop resistance to the poison, creating super pests.

Ploughing seems a harmless activity but nothing in nature repeatedly and regularly turns over the soil to the specified plow depth of 15-20cm. Therefore, neither plants nor soil organisms have evolved or adapted to this drastic perturbation.

Heavy machinery compacts the soil even more, requiring deeper plowing to loosen the soil.

As greater volumes of soil are churned up and exposed to the air, the soil carbon meets oxygen combines with it to form CO2 and departs for the upper atmosphere.

Animal husbandry also upset the carbon balance. Before domestication animals roamed the land eating the tops of grasses and other plants and at the same time depositing loads of enriching manure.

We now have fenced off herds that graze right down to bare ground. This has halted the biological process that had created stores of carbon in the first place.

Soils rich in carbon buffer against both drought and flood. When there is rainfall the soil absorbs and holds water instead of letting it puddle and run off.

Healthy soil is also rich in tiny organisms, a billion in a teaspoon – that can disarm toxins and pollutants that soak into the soil through the rain.

No other natural process steadily removes such vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as photosynthesis and no human scheme to remove it can do so on a vast scale with any guarantee of safety or without great expense.

KATE TRAVERS

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Banana Circles in Amritapuri, India

When I visited Amma’s ashram in Amritapuri, India in December 2014/January 2015, I was fascinated by the banana circles that were located in one of the ashram gardens. Banana circles are a permaculture technique that is most often used in tropical and subtropical regions. They help create humus and water retention where soils are either sandy or heavy clay.

I found this description of banana circles:

“Papaya, banana and coconut circles are developed by digging pits up to two meters in diameter (for papaya and banana – 3 m for coconut) and approximately 1 meter deep. They are then filled with dampened, compacted organic material to a height of 1 meter above ground. Up to seven plants of the appropriate type are then grown on the rim of the pit. Taro or other moisture loving plants may be grown in the inside edge, as sweet potato along the outside edge to provide a living ground cover and mulch, as well as additional food production.”

Banana circles also are a way to compost organic materials, produce food, and utilize grey water. They are filled with microorganisms.

I learned something else in researching this topic. I always thought bananas grew on trees. It turns out that banana palms aren’t trees, they are plants. I was even more surprised when I read the following information from The Permaculture Research Institute:

Did you know that banana palms are actually a grass? Also, each plant only gives fruit once, so after you have cut the bunch of bananas down you can remove the whole plant at ground level. By this time, there should be new suckers coming up — only allow a couple of these to grow, as too many will make your bananas overcrowded and they won’t fruit well.

When I first looked at the banana palms in Amritapuri, I was astounded by how fast they grow. The first picture below was taken on the day the palm was planted. The second and third pictures are of banana palms three or four days after they were planted.

Here are some other pictures of the Amritapuri Banana Circles.

For more information:

http://permaculturenews.org/2014/04/08/banana-circles/

http://www.homegrownediblegardens.com/banana-circlemulch-pit-guilds.html

http://www.mitra.biz/joomla/index.php/writingssustainability/3050-howtobananacircle

http://permaculturenews.org/2008/06/23/build-a-banana-circle/

https://treeyopermacultureedu.wordpress.com/chapter-10-the-humid-tropics/banana-circle/

 

Originally written for PNW Green Friends Newsletter, Issue 44, March 2015

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Tree planting!

Finally not a post about us destroying stuff, hacking something back or levelling something!!! Something productive…. Or it will be when they grow!!!

46 fruit trees planted staked and thanks to the rain watered in!!!! Planted in the lea of the hill to shelter them a little and up enough out of the frost pocket I hope!!!

So apples, plums, damsons, pears of all sorts of types!!! Mmmmmmm can’t wait to see them in leaf and blossom!!!

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Overview Of Mango Fruit Production

Believed to have first been cultivated in South East Asia, Mango is considered the king of fruits. In other words, mangoes are the most loved and enjoyed fruits across the globe. Therefore, there has been a huge demand for mango fruit production across the globe. However, India ranks first in mango fruit production with wide range of varieties. However, be it in large numbers or planting it in your backyard, here are some basic tips for mango production:

  • Tips to remember while planting mangoes

  • Mangoes are extremely low maintenance trees that once planted in a suitable soil; grow quite easily without any hassles. However, it is to be remembered that mangoes grow extremely well in high heat and are capable of handling both humid and arid areas

  • Be it growing in pots or huge fields, it is to be remembered that mango plants need lots of heat and sunlight. Therefore, planning to go throw indoor would fetch you no results. In addition, mango plants need lot of space as they grow quite big to nearly 10-15 height, so that much empty space is essential.

  • It is a known fact that there is lot of varieties of mango. So, ensure to visit a local nursery or market and have a detailed look at all the varieties of mango breeds available and then accordingly the one you prefer choose it.

  • As it is known that soil is an essential aspect for plants to yield, in case of mangoes, choose a soil that is loose, sandy and has the ability to drain water. Also check the pH levels as adequate acidity range is needed for the plant to grow and avoid using chemical fertilizers.

  • Once everything is set, it is very essential to choose the right time to plant mangoes, In other words, the best time for mango production is late spring or the start of summer. In addition, the plantation time also depends upon the kind of mango plantation you have chosen.

Thus, with the above pointers, anyone interested in mango fruit production can know the basic needs to start off. However, be it mango fruit production or for that matter any fruit or vegetable production, agriculture is a detailing needed occupation. However, thanks to Trivedi Science for making agriculture less hassle occupation. Established by Mahendra Kumar trivedi, the pioneer of energy healing technique The Trivedi Effect, Trivedi science has managed to do great contribution in mango fruit production. Merging science with The Trivedi Effect, Trivedi science has managed to a rare kind of energy infused seeds that ensure good yield. Various experiments have been conducted about the capacity of the energy infused seeds and it was observed that the mango production from the energy infused seeds was of best quality. In addition, the experiments proved that crops produced using the The Trivedi Effect were more healthy, had increased yield and growth patterns were high too. Thus, it is loud and clear that The Trivedi Effect is not just for human wellness but an asset for agriculture too.