PLANTING A VEGETABLE GARDEN
Whilst living in Marshall, NC, we created a vegetable and herb garden at the house in which we were renting. We endevoured to do everything by hand and to utilize traditional Vedic farming techniques. We applied Vastu and other Vedic sciences that were applicable to agriculture.
VEDIC LITURATURE ON AGRICULTURE:
Krsi Parasara by Parasara Muni
Kasyapiya-krishisukti by Kashyapa Muni
Krishi Gita by Parasara Muni
Vrikshayurveda by Surapala
Beginning from the NE portion of the land, as reccomended in the above Vedic treatise on Agriculture, Krsi Parasara, we began to clear a rectangluar plot.
While clearing unused land in the mountains, we came upon a large amount of chiggers - tiny bugs that live in overgrown forest. Their bite is incredibly uncomfortable, so it is best to avoid contact with them by using protective gear.
NOTE - chickens naturally eat chiggers and thier larvae
Traditionally, this would be done with bullocks pulling a plough. However, since we didn't have any bullocks, Atmarama simply used a pick-ax.
Irrigating fields with troughs is a traditional method. The troughs ensure the roots of the plants recieve ample water.
Large boulders were placed along the troughs to create dams. After one section would fill up, the water would overflow into the next section. Otherwise, all of the water would gather at the end of the troughs and not be absorbed evenly throughout the field.
This allows the water to eventually run off the field to prevent any stagnation.
To protect our crops, we installed a 6ft tall bamboo fence using bamboo posts from a neighbor's yard. We also have two guard dogs, Jiminy and Kooza, who help ward off any deer or rabbits.
SEEDLINGS TO SAPLINGS
We planted many varieties of vegetable seeds. According to Krsi Parasara, one should carefully consider the Lunar day, Naksatra (or constellation,) and time-of-day when sowing seed.
SAPLINGS TO PLANTS
To monitor the health of the plants, we frequently checked for harmful instects and any signs nutrient defenciencies. We applied traditional Vedic techniques such as applying ash or milk in order to regualte the acity of the plant.
NOTE - Traditionally, bull's urine is be used as a natural insecticide