For flavour and cure, grow a curry tree in yard
Curry plant is an essential item in our kitchen garden. Apart from being a flavouring agent in cuisine, it has multiple medicinal uses as well. Curry leaves have been used as a solution for digestive disorders, cholesterol imbalance, rheumatic diseases, obesity, phlegm and similar diseases.
Curry leaves contain Vitamin A in plenty and reduce low-density cholesterol in blood. It is considered as an effective cure for even cancer. An alkaloid called Mahanine extracted from curry leaves is capable of curing prostate cancer and blood cancer.
- Curry tree grows well in the climate of Kerala. Ideal time for planting is in May-June.
- Choose a spot where sunlight is available in plenty.
- Dig holes that has a length, width and depth of 1.5 feet each.
- Fill the holes with a mix of 10 kg cow dung powder and top soil.
- Plant the saplings of curry tree in the holes.
- While planting, leave a distance of at least 5 feet between two saplings.
- Saplings grown from roots are better than the ones sprouted from seeds.
- Curry tree grows well if watered during summer.
- Do not let the plant’s height exceed 4 feet.
- Mix 5kg cow dung powder, 250g bone meal and 50g urea and potash each in the soil once in six months.
- To control attack of leaf-eating worms, dilute 1 litre cow urine in 10 litre water. Add 30g crushed chilli pepper in the solution and sprinkle it on the plant.
- To treat leaf curl disease caused by mites, dilute rice gruel water and sprinkle on downside of the plant leaves once in ten days.
- Use only organic fertilisers and pesticides to protect curry plants as it is safe for both the environment and human health.