Vegetables from all over the world flourish in Omana's garden
Thrissur: Showing her wonderful garden of vegetables, fruits and flowers, Omana said that agriculture is what keeps her alive. Multiple varieties of plants grow in her 5-cent plot around the house in Parekkattukara here. Working as an office attender in Registration Department, Omana started farming three years ago. When the plants gave good yield, she became more interested in farming.
Gradually, Omana started learning the tips of pest control and observing weather conditions before farming. Most of the rare plants found in her garden were gifted by people who came to visit her farm. When she found her place is insufficient to accommodate all plants, she expanded farming to her brother's plot with his permission.
Brazilian tuber Sunchoke, German red pumpkin, Thailand rose apple, German purple sweet potato, horse radish, Chinese cabbage, German tomato, German kale, Omani mint, German cucumber, Qatar ash gourd, German bush tomato, Mexican spinach, Thailand finger millet and many rare varieties of crops are growing in Omana's garden.
Omana strictly follows organic method of farming and uses only cow dung and cow urine as fertilizer. Organic pest control methods are only applied here. The seeds and saplings are collected with the help of a farm-based group in Facebook and the members of Kerala Organic Farmers Committee. Seeds were sent via post for free on sending empty cover and stamp to the group's seed bank.
A variety of sweet basil which is ten times sweeter than sugar and Nagamirchi chilli which has the most pungent taste are some of the unique plants growing here. Sunflower from Germany, Kashmiri Rose and other rare plants are seen in the garden. Apart from this, Omana also nurtures a herbal garden with different types of plants like aromatic ginger, long pepper and indigo plant.
A pure vegetarian, Omana uses the vegetables and fruits from her own garden for food and gives rest of the produce to her siblings, relatives and neighbours for free. Omana used to engage in farming works with her mother from an early age. Her mother passed away and also her husband got separated leaving Omana alone in life. Now the 47-year-old is spending her life for farming.