Sunday, 24 February 2013

Prepared Jivamrita first time

With the help of my caretaker's Ox, we prepared Jivamrita today.


The ingredient I used are below

  1. 200 litre water
  2. 10 kg Ox dung (The best is cow dung but it was not available)
  3. 7 litre Ox urine (Ideal radio should be 5 to 10 litre)
  4. 2 kg Jaggery
  5. 1.5 kg flour of  Green gram (Moong) and Red gram (Tuar) (Ideal ratio is 2 kg)
  6. 1/2 kg soil from under the Neeem tree (Ideally it can be from the bund or from under Pipal tree)
We need to keep this for fermentation for at least 48 hours (mix it well left to right round 6-7 times) and this natural soil improvement solution is ready to use.

We are going to use this for our vegetable beds and fruits trees. I am excited, I have already seen the result of Cow/Ox dung compost (just creating heap and leaving for several months, its awesome).

As you all know my farm is natural farm so I have not used any kind of chemical fertilizer or chemical pesticide till now and I am not going to use in future. I have not even tilled/ploughed/cultivated the field till now. Tilling decreases the quality of soil but grasses are a challenge for me, thinking of some measure to overcome tilling, lets see how it goes.

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Sheo Narayan

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Snakes around, what is the best way to keep them away

Since last two days, we have faced 2 snakes. Its not like we have not seen snakes so farm in our farm but they were escaped outside.

This time (19-Feb-2013), below snake that looks red in color just crossed by me and my care taker followed it and killed. He said, it was Cobra (Naag).


On 20-Feb-2013, we got another snake nearby my house construction that was hidden under the asbestos sheet. When they tried to pull the sheet up, it appears. This one was of soil color and bigger than yesterday's snake. I can clearly see a mark on its forehead (This was Cobra or Naag in Hindi).


I am fearful these days.

We had noticed a snake few months before whose length was almost 5-6 feet and went into the construction materials (Stone bricks) after that we do not know where it went.

My care taker burnt the first snake immediately after killing and the same he did to the second one. Today he put 1 rupee coin in its mouth and burnt. I do not know why but looks like that is the tradition here to burn.

What is the best way to keep snakes away? Anyone who can suggest some plant or any other way to keep snakes away from living area plots, that would help.

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Farm house construction - step wise details

Dear All,

In this post, I would pen down my experience and lessons I have learned during farm house construction. I am still on the way so just posting the picture for now. Will keep updating this post so that one can get all info at one place. This house construction is not using pillars method of construction but old traditional method of foundation digging.

Step 1 - digging the foundation by JCB


Despite that its little cheaper but I would recommend to do it manually through labor as labors digs exact width but JCB doesn't so you will end up consuming more materials. Even if JCB has done it you will need some amount of labor and manual work. So eventually, its the same cost as the labor cost. I have dug around 3 feet of foundation as after that I got morum (sandy soil).




Before you start the foundation make sure that you have bolders or Bindad (irregular shaped stone pieces) ready so that labors can start putting in the foundation. The first layer is the stone piece and then water and soil (mixed soil) and then again stone and mixed soil and then again stone and mixed soil. After three layers, the foundation should come almost to the surface as displayed in the picture below

Step 2 - let it dry




Once the foundation is filled with stone and mixed soil, let it dry for couple of days like above picture.

Step 3 - start the foundation wall



Once the foundation has dried completely, start the foundation wall. In my case I have used Gannate (stone bricks with cement and sand). The wall width should ideally be 18 inches to make sure that it is well stabilized. Add sufficient amount of cement to the sand so that your Masala (mixure) looks blackish. Many also prefer to do this using soil and stone bricks but this is considered weaker.

Step 4 - Wall construction

 

Once the foundation wall is complete (around 2-3 feet from ground or nearby road), have a layer of concrete and steel rod (plinth at the door) so that the moisture from the ground doesn't touch the wall and it also saves the wall from breaking and make the overall structure strong. I have kept 3 inches concrete and 3 pieces of 8 mm rod and crossed with 6 mm rod every 1 feet. I know this might not be a standard but I felt really hard to get proper stuffs to get ring and thicker concrete.

Step 5 - Ready for door level band


Once all the wall construction is done, house is ready for door level band. Planning to go for 2 piece of 8 mm steel rod all around.

Step 6 - Ready for roofing

After door level, the next step is to lay the wall to the roofing level. As I am going to use coated steel sheet so there is a sloping from back to front and the slope is 2.5 feet in 24 feet lengthy wall. The more sloping, the better it is. As my house is in the middle of the field so people suggested no to increase the height too much or the wind may create problem for the sheets, however my backside wall is around 10 feet and front side wall is 7.5 feet.

Step 7 - Roofing
Once the slope is perfect, put the sheet. In my case I have used Coated sheet that is generally used in Industries. Its of white color so that less heat passes through and coated so less chances of rust. As my house is in the field, no houses are nearby so I have fixed so many J hooks with the pipe over wall and sheets. Still I feel that is not enough as in a little wind, one sheet went off. So I need to put more J hooks and put some more bricks over the top.


Below is the view from the backside.


After wall work is done and coated steel sheet is in place, the plastering work started and here is how it looks.


This is simple three bed room, one hall, two bath room house. No fancy, just simple to live in.

Lesson learnt


There is a lot of hard lesson I learnt during the construction of the house; lesson from Mason, Labors, Material suppliers, Villagers etc. 

Now I know why people are afraid of going to the village again from the cities; why villagers want to come to the city; why rich do not help poor; why people do not help each other; why people are becoming reserve and not becoming social; why people mentality is limited to themselves or family members; why there is no takers of good people; why good people can be counted over fingers; why no one cares what, why and where our surroundings, environment are going; why no one cares whether certain activity will be good or bad for the others or society etc.

The words like human values, ethics, trust, relationship will be only found in dictionary. There will not be any live example in the coming years perhaps.

If anyone is going to construct a house in the farm, please contact me so that I can tell you my experience and you can avoid all the pain I have gone through.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Current status update - 05-Feb-2013

Dear All,

Sorry for delay in status update. 

Here is the current status.

We are keep getting green vegetables from our farm and that is enough for the house consumption. We are getting wild pigs in our farm and that is causing damage to vegetable plants and Drum Sticks, not sure how to deal with it.

Below is the picture of our new addition in the list of products we have got from our farm, a Cauliflower (pure natural  - not even organic fertilizer or pesticide has been spread)



Below is the status of the house construction, we are complete till the plinth level (door level).


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