Grow food, not lawns

It was about four years back that Kavitha Ramakrishnan stopped watering her lawn after noticing the amount of water it was taking up. Today, her rooftop garden grows pumpkins, ladies finger, basil, yams and a host of other seasonal vegetables. And she waters the plants only once every two days, even in peak summer. The key? Permaculture — a system of agricultural principles based on imitating patterns observed in natural ecosystems.

A permaculture garden aims to create a habitat and not just a garden, which would sustain itself as an ecosystem; each element in the garden plays a role. The term was coined in 1978 by Australian researcher Bill Mollison and the system is now practiced in many places across the world. In Chennai, one such group propagating permaculture is ‘The Magic Bean’, co-founded by three women Kavitha Ramakrishnan, Priya Gopalan and Archana Meiyappan. The group conducts workshops on permaculture for children and adults, with the idea of reviving the traditional Indian agriculture systems that always used these principles....................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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