As a fervent gardening enthusiast, what is that one thing that keeps bugging you the most? Read more to learn about this.
Let me have a guess. It must be the terrible thought that the seeds you planted with all your loving efforts and hope, may not grow into healthy plants. To ensure the health of your dear plants, you need to begin with a soil check. After all, it is the soil that will nurture the seeds once it has been implanted.
The ideal soil for plants and trees is the one which boasts of essential microbes, minerals, adequate water retaining as well as drainage capacity and suitable pH value (acidity of the soil). Adding chemical fertilizers to the soil may be an easy gateway for ensuring soil fertility, but in the long race, the health of the soil will be compromised. Nothing can beat the healthy organic soil.
Amrut Mitti- the rich Organic soil
All these constituents of soil are available in bountiful, in what is called, “Amrut Mitti”. It is a product of naturally prepared soil or organic soil, made with the help of dead and decayed leaves, as well as organic matter derived from animals. All these integrate to concoct a fertile and nutrient-rich soil that promises a healthy life for your dearest plants.
The ingredients for preparing Amrut Mitti are so wide and diverse that it won’t pose any form of impediment when you commence with the preparation. What’s more interesting is whatever is normally considered as waste, goes into making this lucrative soil. Hence, it is not just cost-efficient, but eco-friendly too!
How to prepare Amrut Mitti- the rich Organic soil
The following are the simple steps to make “Amrut Mitti”:
- Build a square or triangle shaped boxed regions, using bricks. The logic behind the brick slabs is that they act as aerated containers. You can also use some other medium, if brick slabs don’t accord to your aesthetic taste. In that circumstance, choose plastic or bamboo containers that guarantee proper air circulation. This is because the process of composting generates heat which needs to be scattered.
- Ingredients in Amrut Mitti range from cow dung, cow urine, biomass like dry and decayed leaves, extracted version of the sugarcane fibre, black sand, black silt , chemical free black jaggery, Wood ash, or household kitchen waste like vegetable peels.
- For the soil, you will require the top layer of soil that is found right underneath the big trees. Scrape, instead of digging the top soil. The reason for using topsoil is that it comprises of dormant microbes, which when mixed with the biomass, stimulates to produce rich nutrients to the plants.
- Now, as you have collected the necessary ingredients pour and mix them in a tub.
- You can choose to add “Amrut Jal” (a mixture of cow dung, cow urine and black jaggery) or any cow derived mixture like Panchagavya.
- Add heaps of biomass, depending on the space of the slab or container.
- Let this mixture settle and then turn it after a week. Ensure that the Amrut Mitti receives proper air circulation or else anaerobic conditions will emerge and spoil your efforts.
- After a span of 30 days, the Amrut Mitti will become plant ready. All you need to do is choose the plants of your favourite variety and witness the blossom of a healthy and happy flora.
Things to Remember:
- Choose the site for placing the brick slabs in such a way, that it gets adequate amount of sunlight and is well ventilated.
- The brick slab should be placed in such a manner that it does not lead to seepage of the mixture.
- The drainage system should be such that the water supplied to the seedlings won’t stagnate.
- Balanced ventilation should be the key priority, or else plants won’t grow in an efficient fashion.
Have a good time preparing this healthy soil mixture, for your very own garden!