This article is about home composting tips on how to plant seeds. Tuning In Lecture Series, Chapter 4, hosted by Our Sacred Space in collaboration with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives. The Founders Padma and Narsanna Koppula- the speakers for the talk attended by almost 100 participants.
“Plantation is an essential life skill for every human being on Planet Earth”, said Padma Akka. They shared their valuable knowledge and tips on how to plant seeds, which vegetables grew in which season, how to cut a stem, and so on.
Tips on how to plant seeds
To use double the amount of soil for the size of the sapling. Using 25% of manure, 35% of soil, and mix it well. Small seeds like chili, tomato, brinjal can be planted easily. The audience advised to gently sprinkle some water after sowing. A valuable tip was to sprinkle some water instead of pouring as the germination would take place only then.
If one living on the farm then they asked to dig a shallow pit, mix the manure and soil and plant the seeds. In 15-20 days sapling can take out and transferred to a nursery packet. If this process followed then one could start building their own nursery.
Narsanna garu advised that proper Cuttings are important for root formation. Nodes are essential and distance between nodes is important for a high survival rate. Nodes, color, and age determine the growth of a plant. The color should be brownish as it means the plant is mature. Green stem cutting does not germinate well. Distance between two nodes vary, so care should take while planting. How much stick area goes into the soil, how much length has to be grown outside the soil is determined by nodes.
Some important techniques
For any plant, the size of the container bag or packet should 2-3 times the size of the sapling and then it added to the pit. He also focused on the gases that are essential for any plant, namely, Ammonia and Nitrogen. Manure should on the top layer so that when water poured, the nutrition reaches till the tips of the roots.
In the enthusiastic Q/A round, they mentioned what plants suitable for which season. All gourds are suitable during monsoon. Ginger and amaranthus. Chillies can transplant. In summer Indian porcelain, Indian rosella, amaranthus, vegetables like cluster beans germinate well.
In Winter fenugreek, potato and carrot are advisable. Ginger and turmeric survive both shade and sun. However, their size reduces in the shade. Curry leaves need sunlight at all times. With that, they concluded the Talk with the audience thanking them for the invaluable tips.