Saturday, April 1, 2017

A humble but useful accessory for gardening

It is always useful to have a gun in your hand while gardening - only its the humble water spray-gun - nothing lethal about it. A hose of atleast 10 metres will be useful to ensure that you need not carry pails of water across the garden. 

Water your entire garden conveniently. It also doubles up to spray-clean your car and other vehicles. You can buy a multi-functional water spray gun here.

Vermicompost for the garden

If there is one thing that you need to do to ensure a healthy garden, you need to keep the quality of your soil high, enriched in nutriets. Vermicompost is the right and natural way to ensure that your soil quality is maintained.

Vermicompost (or vermi-compost) is the product of the composting process using various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and other earthworms, to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials, and vermicast. This process of producing vermicompost is called vermicomposting.

Worms at work turning organic waste into useful vermicompost.


Click here to buy some vermicompost for your garden

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lemongrass - Many Uses and an Easy to Grow Plant

Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves. While the grass smells like lemon, it tastes milder and sweeter. 
USES:
It is used as a herb in various cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.
It is also useful in alternative or complementary remedies for many ailments. It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antipyretic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, carminative, diuretic, febrifuge, galactogogue, insecticidal, sedative, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.
NUTRITION FACTS:
Lemongrass contains vitamins A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese. It also has minute traces of B vitamins.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The 100th Post - Litchi the wonder fruit

This blog has seen it all - a lot of quick burst posts, some lull and no activity - and now its a great moment to see that its seeing its 100th Blog post. 
I choose this post to write about the "Litchi " fruit. It is called a wonder fruit, and not without reason. 
The fruit is supposed to aid in protection against heart disease and cancer.  
Litchis contains soluble fiber which controls bowel problems and keep the stomach free from toxic compounds and help to clean the colon. Lychee is an amazing source of Vitamin C and other nutrients that are beneficial for your skin.
It helps in bone maintenance, and also leads to weight loss. It helps in strengthening the hair. 



With so many benefits, it certainly deserves to be put in the Wonder Fruit Category.
Happy Litchiying!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Soaps contain Animal Fats?

Did you know that most commonly used soaps contain Animal Fats?

Its safer to look for soaps that contain a "Does not contain Animal Fat" label / mark and buy them. The store at the link below has a variety of Herbal Bath Soaps without any animal fat content, and in an exotic set of Flavors - Sandal, Jasmine, Vettiver, Lavender, Lemon Fresh, Cool Splash etc.




https://www.payumoney.com/store/buy/itsrainingdeals

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Clean Ganga & other projects - Are we following the right approach?

At the outset, I would like to congratulate all those who have come up with the noble initiatives of cleaning Ganga and other rivers, and wish them well. A National Mission for Clean Ganga has also been established. 

Yes, first-up, we need to get rid of the dirt, and garbage and what not that has already gotten into the rivers. 

The question raised by me is "Are we following the right approach?".  All our policies and initiatives related to water management focus on how to clean and manage good water and water sources like the rivers. But looking upstream, the prioritization would be better if we focus on "how to manage the garbage and dirty water". More often than not, the filth and dirt that are produced due to our everyday living (personal, economic etc.) is bound to be produced. If there were proper disposal systems in place, why would anyone let these wastes into the river? Do we have a proper waste-disposal system? 

As a practical expression of this approach issue, we have "Water Tax" for utilizing water supplied by the local bodies like panchayats. But we never talk about "Garbage Tax" which is more critical, and is an area that requires more investment for building and operating waste disposal units. Let's hope all the talk and brainstorming leads to a better future for our rivers, and ultimately ourselves. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fruit Names in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi


English
Tamil
Malayalam
Hindi
Apple
Applepazham
அரத்திப்பழம் / குமளிப்பழம்
Apple pazham
Sev
Apricot
Sarkkarai Badami
சர்க்கரை பாதாமி
Khoobani/ khumani
Vennai pazham
 
வெண்ணைப் பழம்
Makhanphal
Vazhaipazham
வாழைப்பழம்
Yethampazham
Kela
Avurinelli
அருவிநெல்லி
Falsa
Cantaloupe
Parangi pazham
பரங்கி
Kharbuja
Coconut
Thengai
தேங்காய்
Thenga
Nariyal/ Kopra
Custard Apple
Seetha pazham
சீதா பழம்
Seethappazham
Shitaphal/ Saripa
Dates
Pericham pazham பேரீச்சம்பழம்
Eetha pazham
khajoor
Atti Pazham
அத்தி பழம்
Athi pazham
Anjeer
Nellikai
நெல்லிக்காய்
Nelli
Amla
Dratchai
திராட்சை
Dratcha or Munthiri
Angoor
Green Berry / zizyphus
Ber/ Bor
Koiya
கொய்யா
Peraka
Amrud
Palapazham
பழாபழம்
Chakka
Kathal
Jambu fruit / bell fruit
Panchali pazham / பஞ்சலிப்பழம்
Jamun
Kolinchi pazham
Naranga
Galgal/ Nimbu
Elumichai
எலுமிச்சை
Cherunaranga
Nimbu
Lichi
Mam pazham
மாம்பழம்
Mangnga
Aam
mulberrypazham
Shehtooth
Musk Melon (Cantaloupe)
Mulam pazham
Kharbooja
Olive
Jaitun
Naaram
Naaranga
Narangi
Papalipazham
பப்பாளி
Omakka
Papeeta
Pear
Berikkai
பேரிக்காய்
Sabarjil
Nashpati
Annasi
அன்னாசி
kaithachakka
Ananas
Plum
Aloobukara
Pomegranate
Madhulam
மாதுளம்
Maadhala naarnga/ Urumampazham
Anar
Prunes
Kodi Mundiri pazham/ கொடிமுந்திரி
Alubokhara
Raisins
kismis
Unakkamunthiri
Kismis
Sapota/ Sapodilla
Sapota
Chikku
Chikku
Starfruit
Pulichikai
Ilumbi Puli
Kamrakh
Stoneapple
Vilvam or koovilam
Koovalam
Bel/ Siriphal
Sweetlime
Chaatukudi
சாத்துக்குடி
Musambi or Madhuranaaranga
Mosambi
Puli
புளி
Water Chestnut
Singhara
Tarboosni
தர்பூசணி
Thannimathan
Tarbooz / kalingad
White goosefoot
Bathua


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