This month, in Al-Kauthar, the Sat Yoga Ashram greenhouse, we have been blessed with beautiful harvests and bountiful compost, successful seeding experiments, stunning flowers and a variety of interesting creatures. It is a joy to share with you a picturesque view of the fruits of our labor!
With a little help from the morning greenhouse gang, we harvested an abundant variety of high-vibration nutritional delights:
The Baby Bok Choi Seedlings that we grow for microGreens are germinating and pushing their way through the soil with super-strength!
Our Okra is flowering and beginning to produce a regular amount of fruit - about 1.5kg per month.
Chile Picante and Purple Top Turnips are in season!
The always stunning San Miguel flower and Cranberry Hibiscus flowers that are a delight to the eyes and a treat to eat.
Our sugar snap pea experiment is going very well. We made several discoveries that will improve our future plantings and encountered the ideal variety that produces a pod that is edible and delicious.
And, of course, the harvest nor this report would be possible without the assistance of Durga, Daniel, and Yogiraj who spend many hours improving and re-organizing the Bija Kosta seed bank. They implemented a standardized way of storing the seeds and created a comprehensive inventory of all the seeds (from all departments) that are stored in our seed bank. Thank you for this important seva!
Now, on to our ever-evolving process of composting! This has been a bountiful yield made from all the green “waste” matter from around the Ashram - tree pruning, leaf and stem matter, kitchen scraps, etc. We have been using around 20-30 sacs per month in our soil mixes.
An exploration into “aging” manure, as a fertilizer, began behind the Al-Kauthar building. We started with 20 sacs of dry horse and cow manure that we spread on a black plastic sheet to receive the rain for about two weeks. Once well re-hydrated, we covered the pile with plastic to heat up and begin to decompose. The plans for this manure grew as we researched the manure “aging” process and will become the base for another upcoming compost/soil making adventure.
And finally, it is a blessing to share this beautiful and bountiful environment with intriguing creatures like this tiny baby frog, big armored rhino beetle, a very aerodynamic daytime moth, and the Fibonacci spiral demonstrated by this coiled millipede.
Bountiful Blessings to you!