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Kitchen gardening

Kitchen Garden at backyard of the house
  • It’s importance
  • How it is done

A kitchen garden is where herbs and vegetables are grown around the house for household use. Since early times a small plot near to the house has been used for growing a variety of vegetables according to the season.

Growing pesticide free vegetables in garden is now becoming a hobby for people. Kitchen gardening is affordable and doesn’t need lot of space. You can even use your balconies or window sills for kitchen gardening. Local varieties such as radish, broad leaf mustard, chilli, beans, pumpkins, tomatoes etc. are can be grown.

Need of Kitchen Garden –

For people to stay healthy it’s very important to have a healthy diet. A healthy diet means a balanced mix of rice, bread, pulses, vegetables, herbs, fruit etc. For energy and protection against disease, vegetables play an essential role. Growing of vegetables without the use of chemical inputs, it is beneficial for health of the body.

  1. Grow healthy, fresh vegetables yourself.
  2. Cultivation in a small area facilitates the methods of controlling pests and diseases through the removal of affected parts and non-use of chemicals.
  3. This will only facilitate successful production of our own requirement of vegetables.
  4. To save the cost of buying vegetables and herbs.
  5. Waste resources such as sweepings, kitchen scraps and dirty water can be recycled onto the garden.
  6. Vegetables harvested from home garden taste better than those purchased from market.
  7. Gardening gives dual benefits of food and income generation.
  8. Gardens provide fodder for household animals and supplies for other household needs (handicrafts, fuel wood, furniture, baskets, etc.)

Beneficial connections for making kitchen garden

1.collecting waste water
2.sweepings pit
3.living fence
4.vegetable beds
5.liquid manure

Main points while making kitchen garden

  • Site selection- There will be limited choice for the selection of sites for kitchen gardens and the final choice is usually the backyard of the house. The area where sunlight come from, can be easily accessed from the house. This is convenient as the members of the family can give a constant care to the vegetables during leisure .When these are kept in mind, site selection can be done and making garden is easier.
  • Protection- The kitchen garden area needs protection .It should not be possible for livestock to enter the area. A permanent fence should be made. Thorny plants can be cut and used to make a fence, but the best method is to plant a living fence to protect the garden.
  • Land preparation- Getting the right mix of soil is an important step as the nutrients in the soil determine how healthy the plants would grow. Use cow dung to keep all organic. Sweeping pit, liquid manure, mulching, Green manure must be used for fertility of the soil. Firstly a through spade digging is made to a depth of 30-40 cm.
  1. Stones, bushes and perennial weeds are removed.
  2. 100 kg of well decomposed farmyard manure or vermicompost is applied and mixed with the soil.
  3. Ridges and furrows are formed at a spacing of 45 cm or 60 cm as per the requirement.
  4. Flat beds can also be formed instead of ridges and furrows.
  • Sowing and planting- The main objective of a kitchen garden is the maximum output and a continuous supply of vegetables throughout the year. Direct sown crops like bhendi, cluster beans and cowpea can be sown on one side of the ridges . Amaranthus (meant for whole plant pull out and clipping) can be sown by broadcasting in the plots. Small onion, mint and coriander can be planted/sown along the bunds of plots.

Seeds of transplanted crops like tomato, brinjal and chilli can be sown in nursery beds or pots one month in advance After sowing and covering with top soil and then dusting with 250 grams neem cake so as to save the seeds from ants.

  1. The perennial plants should be located on one side of the garden, usually on the rear end of the garden so that they may not shade other crops, compete for nutrition with the other vegetable crops.
  2. If seeds and seedlings are planted too wide apart, much of the space in between goes to waste, where weeds will grow . Weeds use precious water and compost, and cause extra work to keep clear.
  • Irrigation management-

It is important to provide enough moisture for the kitchen garden. To make sure your plants get optimum water, check the moisture of the soil by pressing it with your fingers and then water the plant as per requirement. if there is no irrigation for main food crops, it is likely that there is also not enough water to irrigate the kitchen garden. But if the water conservation methods that is saving rain water are used,
then more water is conserved and so less is needed. Collecting and using waste water from the kitchen can be enough to water the garden. In the hot season, irrigate in the evening or at night, and not in the daytime.

Check your plants regularly and prevent insects from breeding You can rotate crops to grow different crops one after the other. Top up with fertiliser once a month. Spray neem oil to keep mosquitos and other insects away. Take part in regular weeding to keep your plants’ growth stable. Aerate soil by loosening the top layer. Take part in regular weeding to keep your plants’ growth stable. Practice organic means to grow crops which will be good for health.

Be Organic Stay Healthy……!!!!!

World Olympic day: 23 June 2020

Source- Olympic Channel

“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get” –Michael Phelps (Swimmer)

International Olympic Day is a celebration of sports and health on June 23 . This day is celebrated to commemorate the day when the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894. It is meant to motivate individuals around the world to become their best selves. One doesn’t have to be an Olympian to participate in this day. . Participants from all over the world will commemorate the day the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894.

2020 : Olympians have been a source of inspiration and motivation have helped us stay moving and their stories have kept us mindful during lockdown.The global COVID-19 pandemic postponed this Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and since the worldwide lockdown, the Olympic athletes have shared their daily workouts online in connection to IOC’s #StayStrong, #StayActive, #StayHealthy campaign

On 23 June the Olympic Movement will celebrate Olympic Day by creating the world’s largest 24 hour digital-first Olympic workout.

World Olympic Day 2020

WHO and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) work together to improve health through sport. On Olympic Day 2020 WHO together with IOC promoting for everyone to #BeActive in their daily routinely -WHO

History behind this day-

On 23 June 1894, delegates from more than ten countries gathered at the Sorbonne (Paris), to support “Pierre de Coubertin’s” proposal to revive the Olympic Games. This marked the birth of the modern Olympic Movement and the foundation of the International Olympic Committee. Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin was a French educator and historian, founder of the International Olympic Committee, and its second president. He is known as the “Father of the Modern Olympic Games”.The first-ever Olympic day was celebrated on June 23, 1948

About Olympic symbol:

7 Continents and 5 Rings

“The Olympic symbol consists of five interlaced rings of equal dimensions (the Olympic rings), used alone, in one or in five different colours. When used in its five-colour version, these colours shall be, from left to right, blue, yellow, black, green and red. The rings are interlaced from left to right; the blue, black and red rings are situated at the top, the yellow and green rings at the bottom in accordance with the following graphic reproduction.” (Olympic Charter, Rule 8)

“The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.” (Olympic Charter, Rule 8) – Source – The International Olympic Committee

So tune-in and take part in compilation workout video featuring 23 different Olympians from around the world showcasing their favourite workout moves will be available on Olympic Channel. Stay at Home Stay Healthy

How obesity affects our health……

In simpler terms obesity is weight above what’s considered healthy, it is often measured using Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems. The symptoms may include overweight, abdominal obesity and back pain. A term ‘Childhood Obesity ‘ is becoming more popular nowadays, it is nothing but a condition in which a child is significantly overweight for his/her age and height. The symptoms are same in most cases, overweight, abdominal obesity or shortness of breath.

Obesity also throws light on two psychological disorders called ‘Binge Eating’ and ‘ Bulimia Nervosa’. Binge eating is something in which a person has to eat in really small intervals of time, let’s say, a person eats large amount of food in every hour or so and take it out immediately by the method of purging. Where as bulimia nervosa is a disorder in which a person intakes large quantities of food at small intervals but not purging. Hence, these to disorders also results in obesity. If a person is suffering from these disorders, he/she is giving signs of anxiety, depression and other depressive disorders.

Some solutions to remove obesity:-

1. Eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

2. Exercising moderately for at least 30 minutes a day.

3. Cutting down consumption on fatty and sugary foods.

4. Using vegetable- based oils rather than animal- based fats.

Obesity should be prevented because the longer a person is obese, the more significant obesity-related risk factors become. Given the chronic diseases and conditions associated with obesity and the fact that obesity is hard to treat, prevention is extremely important. This puts the person at high risks of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and various heart diseases. Preventing obesity in adults involves regular physical activity, a decrease in saturated fat intake, a decrease in sugar consumption, and an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption. In addition, family and healthcare professional involvement may help to maintain a healthy weight.

Some basic things we can do for the self treatment of obesity are consuming fewer calories, making healthy food choices, doing more exercises and getting monitoring weight may help reduce body mass. Other things we can do is seeking medical care. Getting advice on nutrition and exercise, finding out weight loss medications that might help, and disussing weight loss surgery.

Many factors play an important role in the development of obesity. Genetic traits can increase the risk in some people. A healthful diet that contains plenty of fresh food, together with regular exercise, will definitely reduce the risk of obesity in most people. However, those that have a genetic predisposition may find it harder to maintain a healthy weight.

It is rightly said by doctors and other professionals that obesity comes with various other diseases also,that have been already mentioned. It is really very important for everyone to be healthy and keep their intake healthy. After all we are doing this all for ourselves and no one else will take care of this issue.

Refrences:- http://www.healthcare.com