World’s Biggest and Heaviest Tuber Vegetable: Food Security for the underprivileged

Greater yam with roots and shoot

It’s a myth that organic farming yields less. To some extent it is correct, at least in Kerala. Kerala is blessed with bountiful rains, so normal vegetables like tomatoes, beans, chilies, onion etc barely survive, leave aside fruiting. However one thing that grows and yields well are tubers. Greater yams (Dioscorea alata) being one among them.In the past few decade’s various people have successfully harvested massive roots of yam, greater…

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Why are Nursery Grown Plants and Trees Unhealthy?

Spiral root growth in grow bags

Have you ever wondered why plants planted and nurtured on their own are healthy and yield well without pest attack and other problems? First let’s understand why nature-grown trees are healthier and yield well and live much longer. Nature-grown trees will have abundant green foliage and fruits. This can be witnessed in forests as well as naturally grown plants from seeds coupled with a few other factors. Healthy Plants will…

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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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