War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison.
Destroy the soil and we all starve. – George Monbiot.
This is the International Year of Soils. What better way to help the soil heal than going organic and shunning chemical fertilisers and pesticides?
Soil Recipes is a useful how-to-do-it manual of soil nutrition and maintenance authored by Goa-based organic farmer ISA ALVARES and published by The Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI). Endlessly Green is happy to republish these recipes.
The recipes, as the author says, have been “vetted and verified by experienced organic farmers” belonging to OFAI. They not only “enable the soil to re-stock its populations of beneficial soil microbes”, but also help “control disease…”
Soil recipe 1: Amudham solution
This solution acts as a catalyst for plant growth. With very little work we can create this solution within twenty four hours.
Instead of using jaggery (gur), you may use waste fruit in this manner: Tie one kilogram waste fruit into a nylon mesh and immerse this in the above solution. Let it soak for five days. This helps the fruit ferment well.
For one acre, add 10 – 50 lts. of the solution in irrigation water. According to growth of the crop and convenience one can use it once at an interval of 7 – 15 days.
Benefits: This solution helps growth promotion activity in leaves directly. It also repels insects.
CONCENTRATED AMUDHAM SOLUTION
Usage: Use 20-30 lts. per acre of this solution.
Note: In this method, the use of jaggery (gur), an external input, is avoided. This mixture can only be used for irrigation and not for spraying. Ordinary Amudham solution used in irrigation requires 50-100 litres per acre. To reduce the quantity and work we developed this combination. It ensures excellent growth.