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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Are you eating the right Cashew; Why are Cashew Nuts not Crunchy?

Cashew nut fruit

It is said that the Portuguese brought cashew nuts to India. Who is even bothered now? It has been accepted and embraced because of the nutritiously rich nuts. It’s not a satvic food, since it makes you lethargic and fat if you consume more. However moderation is the key to anything. Even medicine can turn poison if you over do it. It is also believed that some modern day cashew…

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Drumstick Leaves Release Toxins during Karkidaka Masam (July – Aug)

Moringa or also know as drumstick leaves

Many among you might have heard that you should avoid eating drumstick leaves during Karkadamasam which falls between mid July and August. To know more about this, let’s first understand what’s so special about this month. In Kerala the rains go on and on without an end in sight. Starting with south west monsoon followed by the north east. There is a pattern for each month’s rains. However there are…

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Effective Natural ways to Control and use weed

Cows enjoying weeds after heavy rains

Seeds are sown by humans; weeds by God. As this saying shows, it really is difficult to compete with weeds while farming. De-weeding becomes a back breaking process without smart planning. Weeds will suck up most of the nutrients from the soil in any available form and some weeds will make their own by using soil, air microbes, sunlight and water as solvent. Weeds can also be beneficial for other…

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How do DDT, Endosulfan and other pesticide react with Human Body?

Victims of endosulfan kasargod

Dr G Nammalvar once said in his TED talk and laughed,“Poisons are called medicine in local languages”(puchi marande– medicine for pest‘tamil’). Any word that ends in “cide” would be killing something. So chemicals which kill pest is known as pesticide, insect – insecticide, bacteria – bactericide, fungus – fungicide, rodent – rodenticide, spider – acaricide, herb – herbicide, weed – weedicide and suicide is self killing. Furadan is a granular…

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Traditional Wet Milled Virgin Coconut Oil at Home – Venda Velichenna

Make sure flame is low

There are many wet milled virgin coconut oil floating in the market stating superiority of their products and the ways they make it; especially non-heated ones. Traditionally ayurvedic medicine was only prepared with Venda Velichenna which means coconut oil that is boiled. Let’s see why they preferred this method. It all begins with extracting milk from coconuts. Today’s factory made virgin oil uses centrifuge, refrigeration, fermentation or organic solvents to separate…

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