Wednesday, October 7, 2015


It will be two years, by next month, since we'd shifted to 'The Quarterdeck'. A lot has been achieved, more are in the process of evolution, but much more needs to be done. A peep into the kitchen garden - thanks to an enthusiastic green thumb in Lekha's assistant - gives me great satisfaction. The trees and plants that are nurtured are as follows:-

    * two of the three banana trees are in the process of bearing the fruit. Should be ready for
       consumption after about a month.
    * of the two mango trees gifted by my staff, one is growing well while the other has long
       withered away. Wonder why it went away, but felt sad on that score.
    * a papaya tree at the south eastern corner of the compound has borne fruits that are comparatively
       large in size.
    * the lemon tree is shaping up well.
    * a guava tree is again shaping up well, perhaps as an alternate to the one in our courtyard that
       had to be cut to get the extended canopy of the car porch in place.
    * in addition, thanks to Lekha and her assistant, there are a host of vegetable plants in various
       stages of growth. The 'curry patta' tree is getting rejuvenated after an initial hesitation due to
       extensive usage.
    * the drumstick tree has grown tall despite frequent trimmings - its leaves have been used many a
    * the three tapioca plants are growing healthily.
    * then there's an assorted set of the 'sitaphal', 'chikkoo', a couple of stalks of grapes and two
       pineapple plants.
    * in the courtyard, the coconut tree planted in place of the cut one is growing up satisfactorily.
    * the Laburnum, replanted from the kitchen garden, is growing up well.
    * Lekha has also got a set of potted plants that covers roses of different hues, bougainvillea, again,
       of differing hues and two varieties of palms.
    * the patch of Mexican grass, laid around the well, gives the entire north western corner of the
       compound, a greenish hue.

What gives great satisfaction to us is that neither pesticides nor commercial manure have been used. The normal kitchen waste and home made hormonal solutions - courtesy inputs from an agricultural student - have been put to extensive use. As a result, a shade of sorts from the blistering sun, have now enveloped the house!


Waste management has thus been effectively pursued. The dry waste is carried away by the 'kudumbasree group' - deployed by the Corporation - thrice every week.     

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