Integrated pest management

Awareness programme for orchardists conducted

Jammu, January 11, (Scoop News)-Integrated Nutrient Management and Integrated Pest Management Practices is an integral part of increasing production in fruits and vegetables and in order to sensitize the growers, Chief Consultant, Dr. Om Parkash from Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India visited the Jammu Division and held interactive sessions with progressive orchardists in Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Udhampur Districts. The stake holders from Horticulture Department also participated in these sessions.
The visiting Consultant had threadbare interactions with the participants wherein INM/IPM technologies were discussed so that these are applied in farmers field. The thrust area was adoption of low technologies like equipping the orchards with traps, stickers and inter cropping of those crops which facilitate farmer friendly bio agents to increase agro-eco system analysis. The other part of these technologies is to aware the farmers about establishment of low cost vermi beds to produce vermicompost which has proved a gold mine for increasing depleting soil fertility in farmers field. The vermicompost also makes available all the micro nutrients to the soil as well as to plants growth in the field. The participants showed great enthusiasm to learn these technologies especially for use of Trichoderma and Mycorhiza.

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23 June 2014


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Integrated Pest Management

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Living Small. Gardening Part 1.

To-day I start a series of articles on the art of living small.

This is definitely an art. It calls for a mind shift from consumption to production. To paraphrase Bill Mollison: if  just 10% of us grow food in our own gardens, the world changes.

Gardening is but one part of the Living Small equation. Following on from this starting point, housing, clothing, IT, transport and a host other areas fill the mind. For to-day I will stick with gardening. Gardening in small way provides it own challenges.

For the past eight months my own 4 foot diameter garden has been supplying us with a myriad of produce. I will expand it this Spring to an area 5 times the size. The smallness of this original garden is instructive.

I planted it out with sweet corn, zucchini, lettuce, butter beans, rocket and bok choy. I used to live in a much colder climate. There we only had one chance to grow summer vegetables. Where I am now provided many surprises. Some were welcome, some were not. The speed of growth and harvest was one of the welcome surprises. As was being able to re-plant and rotate crops about such a small area. Maintaining constant ground cover being easily achieved.

White fly were most unwelcome. I’d never seen them before. I diagnosed the first evidence of their infestation as a nitrogen deficiency. Correcting for this created more lush growth, attracting more white fly. Once the problem was identified very little helped. They only attacked the beans, zucchini and some self-sown tomatoes. I took what we could from these and composted the rest in an attempt to break any breeding cycles.

Next Spring I will companion plant with marigolds and nasturtium to deter them. More reading might find other solutions.

During this Autumn and Winter I have been growing beetroot, more bok choy, silverbeet,  mizuna, lettuce, rocket, broccoli, cauliflower and snow peas. I have discovered the cabbage moth caterpillar. I just pick them off. Up to 15 per leaf per day!

What have I learned? It is possible to provide a large proportion of salad needs and a smaller proportion of cooking vegetables from such a small space. Additionally I have learned much about the local climate and the garden micro climate. I will be planting more of the smaller, quicker maturing types to keep the supply more constant. My other half has discovered how much longer food will stay fresh in the fridge if it only travels 15 feet to the kitchen and not half way across the continent.

From the observations and discussions with neighbours, I will not be surprised to see more little circles of food springing up across the area next Spring.


Get an animal to the job for you!

Sunset Reed Family Farm

SLUGS.. yes, I said it! If you are a gardener, you know what I mean! We are attempting to control our slug population this year with our newly adopted chickens! I would love to hear how you control your slug population, please share any tips you might have because I know there are lots of people having this problem! Thank you! IMG_8504

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24 May 2014


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