Sadhana Forest India has established a small vegan (stock free) organic Permaculture garden. The soil is very poor and most of the effort goes into soil building. The methods we currently use are raised beds, swales, banana circles, etc.
Feeding the Soil
We create our own fertilizer on-site from our compost toilets and from our kitchen food scraps. At the moment we have managed to build a decent amount of top soil. Most of our efforts are still aimed at soil building and planting low maintenance perennial species as most of our volunteer labor goes to the reforestation aspect of the project.
The primary goal in the garden is to eventually turn it into a functioning food forest (forest garden), this means the garden will function the same way a forest does (lower canopy, higher canopy, ground cover, climbers etc.) and will virtually be a system that mostly takes care of itself, the same way a mature forest does. This is the reason we try to mainly focus on planting perennial low maintenance species.
What We Grow
We grow vegetables such as: snake gourds, bitter gourds, bottle gourds, pumpkins, long beans, wing beans, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, arugula (rocket), spring onions, okra, eggplants (brinjal), tapioca, sweet potatoes, etc.
We also grow fruit trees such as: mango, papaya, banana, guava, amla (Indian gooseberry), pomegranate, jack fruit, rose apple, coconut, lemon, grapefruit, custard apple, star fruit, sapota, jamun, etc. Other fruits include watermelon & pineapple.
In the herb spirals we grow local herbs and intend to grow more medicinal herbs in the near future. The garden is evolving and we welcome people who want to put more energy into it!