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Kitchen Gardeners in Pandori, J&K learn how to make jeevamritam.

The Life in Natural Fertiliser

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Organic farmers and kitchen gardeners in our villages are learning how to use a fertiliser called jeevamritam. The concoction is a traditional organic mixture from India’s farming systems.

For one acre of land:

  • 10 kg gobar (cow dung) that is less than seven days old
  • 10 l cow urine that is as old as possible
  • 1 kg of rotten fruit or 2 l of coconut water or 1 kg of pure jaggery (fruit is best)
  • 1kg besan/chana/dal powder (not soya)
  • 200 g mother soil from the ground under tree, for example

 

Then:

  • Mix these ingredients and add them to 200 litres of water. 
  • Keep covered with a jute bag and stir/turn twice daily for 2 days. 
  • The fertiliser can be used in a 1:5 ratio for 48 days.

 

Our recipe came from Omana Kuttan, a farmer in Kerala who has been practising organic for the last 10 years.

Tending to vegetables with jeevamritam in Guptapada, Odisha.
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