Asha worker makes organic vegetable garden on rocky land in Idukki
Kattappana (Idukki): Normally seeds do not sprout on rocks and even if they do, the plants fail to grow much. But an Asha worker (Accredited Social Health Activist) here has proved that plants can be grown on rocks too if we are willing to work hard for it.
Kochuthovala native Maniyamma Kunjumon, an Asha worker, turned a 5-cent rocky land near her house into an organic vegetable garden during the lockdown. She decided to try it after vegetable price skyrocketed.
Maniyamma collected materials for vegetable farming with the help of her husband and children and carried soil to the top of the rocky land. She filled old sacks with soil and planted saplings of tomato, green chilli, bitter gourd, spinach, long beans, ivy gourd, yam, cabbage and brinjal.
Green leaves, cow dung and organic pesticides were used for the garden. Now she gets all the vegetables required for her family from the garden on the rocks. The surplus produce is supplied to locals. Maniyamma said that the people who come to see the garden are encouraging her a lot and she wants to expand her organic vegetable garden.