aloe vera

How to make aloe vera oil and gel at home

Aloe vera has numerous medicinal properties. Growing at home can be helpful for ..

Durian fruit
Durian tree blooms after 7 years; Ansari takes pride in his rare fruit garden
grapes
Growing grapes at home? Here’s some tips for you
mango
Use this idea to keep raw mangoes for long without losing taste
chilli

Hot and spicy 'Kanthari' chilli – A must item in kitchen garden

Bird’s eye chilli or Kanthari Mulaku is an essential item for the vegetable garden of Malayalis. If one or two chilli plants ..

jackfruit seeds

How to keep jackfruit seeds for long without refrigeration?

The only trick we know to increase the shelf life of food items is to refrigerate them. Gone are the days when our grandparents used ..

cucumber

Vishukkani Challenge: Grow your own Kanivellari this Vishu

Keralites have been in a world of challenges recently. They have taken up a number of challenges ranging from the bucket challenge ..

EP Jayarajan

E. P. Jayarajan’s kitchen garden rich in organic vegetables

Pappinisseri (Kannur): Minister for Industries E. P. Jayarajan changes his working arena to agriculture once he reaches home. His residence ..

fighter

Fierce but fetching; fighter fishes can fill your pockets

Siamese fighter fish is one of the most attractive fish varieties for the aquarium. With its colourful fins and scales, fighter fish ..

basil

Tulsi, 7 other spices of Kerala soon to get international standards

Thiruvananthapuram: The 4th session of the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs to determine the quality of spices according ..

noni

Have you heard of noni fruit? It fights cancer, diabetes

Noni is a fruit bearing tree popular for its medicinal properties. It is also known as Indian Mulberry, beach mulberry and cheese fruit ..

firecracker

‘Kanakambaram’ - the golden beauty of garden

The firecracker flower or tropical flame which is commonly called as ‘Kanakambaram’ in Malayalam is known for its beauty ..

VAIGA

Giant leaf from Nicobar Islands to substitute plastic plate in Kerala

The giant leaf that was commonly found in Andaman – Nicobar Islands will be part of the flora of Kerala as well. The giant leaf, ..

cat eye

Can you guess what a ‘Cat Eye’ is? Find it here!

What comes to your mind when somebody say ‘Cat Eye’? Well, it has nothing to do with a cat. It is an ornamental plant ..

Nisha Rani

Dedicating life for cactus garden, homemaker remains indoors for 10 years

A housewife who confined herself inside her house to maintain her cactus garden for the past 10 years was finally crowned as the ‘Queen ..

agri

Heroes who loved green, reaped success in 2018

Agriculture is not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are some heroes who realised the importance of farming and decided to preserve ..

ecoloop

Value added products from water hyacinth gives hope to lake revival

By showcasing the value added products made from water hyacinth, a startup became the centre of attraction at the agriculture fest ..

coral vine

Plant a 'Venal Poovalli' to breathe pure air

In a time when pollution is one of the threatening menace for the city dwellers, a beautiful flower from Mexico can come to the rescue ..

sweet basil

Sweet basil – The aromatic herb to keep you healthy

Sweet basil is a spice herb known for its unique flavour and aroma. The leaves of the plant are used as flavouring agent and as medicine ..

Alan

Class 9 student makes eco-friendly Christmas tree with bamboo frame, millet seeds

Christmas trees decorated with stars, snow drops, bobbles and gift boxes could be the best on a Christmas day. But Wayanad Ambalavayal ..

rambutan

Tips to grow Rambutan; the gorgeous, delicious and moneymaking fruit

Rambutan is one of the fruits popular for its tempting taste. In Kerala, red and yellow coloured rambutan fruit varieties are cultivated ..

Worm compost

Tips to make worm compost in flats

With ‘organic fever’ conquering all Malayalis, most of us have already started small scale farming in our courtyards, rooftops, ..

flower

Try these natural preservatives to keep flowers fresh

No one who loves flowers like to see them getting dried up. To keep flowers fresh and live for many hours, we can use flower preservatives ..

coconut

Coconut-buttermilk solution to prevent plant diseases, boost flowering

In order to prevent plant diseases and boost flowering, we can try coconut-buttermilk solution which is easy to prepare and is best ..

App

Bee Keeper’s Diary: An app for helping honeybee farmers

In order to help the apiculturists or honeybee farmers, a mobile application has been developed by ‘Madhusree Honey Farm’ ..

Alpha

School girl's jackfruit tree planted in grow bag bears fruit within 1.5 years

Alpha Rajesh, a class 4 student of Nedumkunnam St. Johns School, planted a jackfruit sapling in a grow bag on the backyard one and ..

Broccoli

With cancer-resistant broccoli, make your kitchen garden 'rich'

Broccoli can be considered as the vegetable that has the highest capability to help prevent cancer. Having edible leaves, flower and ..

beet

Do you know? We can eat beetroot tender leaves too!

Beetroot is a tuber vegetable that is popular for its colour and nutritional value. It could be a great news for beetroot lovers that ..

aloe

Grow Aloe Vera at home; Keep a herb handy

Aloe Vera is a common ingredient in the hair care and beauty care products. It is also used as an edible substance that can treat many ..

grow bag

Get your grow bags a ‘rain guard’ in monsoon; ‘sun screen’ in summer

The months long monsoon and summer in Kerala affects the texture of the soil. The changes in weather is very likely to form clumps ..

rice water

Keep some rice water (Kanjivellam); Save your vegetables from pests

Rice porridge or gruel is a common healthy light food in Kerala. It is made by boiling rice with plenty of water. Though it is consumed ..

rooftop farming

Tips to make more profit out of rooftop farming

With consistent efforts from agriculture department, many people have started growing vegetables and other essential crops on their ..

Ixora

For beauty, medicine and nostalgia, have a ‘Thechi’ in garden

Ixora is one of the common flowering plants found in Kerala. It was an inevitable plant in the gardens of Malayali houses in the past ..

agri

No space for a kitchen garden? Try this 'vertical' method

Many families find it hard to maintain a kitchen garden because of limited space. Houses are built in smaller plots or many families ..

avocado

Avocado is the new trend: Easy ways to grow

Avocado is popularly known as butter fruit because of its butter-like taste. Avocado grows well and bears fruit in Kerala’s climate ..

rose

Plant roses in November; Reap flowers in December

Rose blooms well only when its planting, pruning, fertilisation and pest control are managed well. It is ideal to plant rose in the ..

Winged bean

Know about 'Chathura Payar' which is the best of legumes?

Winged bean, which is locally known as ‘Chathura Payar’, is one of the legumes that contains the highest quantity of protein ..

cat

How to teach cats good habits with a water syringe

Those who have cats as pet will surely know the challenges of taking care of them. Some cats urinate and defecate inside the house, ..

Antony Vaidyar

Here’s how Antony Vaidyar became a ‘Doctor of Pepper’

Vazhavatta native Antony Vaidyar is one of the rare farmers who could successfully survive the devastating flood. Antony Vaidyar is ..

jasmine

Jasmine: Bride's favourite, businessman's too

Jasmine flower, the all-time favourite flower of Malayali brides, is not only fragrant and beautiful but also profitable. Jasmine cultivation ..

vanilla flower

Tips to grow vanilla, the most loved flavour

Vanilla is one of the popular cash crops. In Kerala, vanilla is cultivated in Idukki, Wayanad and Ernakulam. Though frequent changes ..

Kissing gourami

Kissing gourami: The ‘romantic’ pair for your fish tank

Kissing Gourami is an ornamental fish that is popular for its habit of ‘kissing’. Scientifically named as Helostoma temminckii, ..

fig

How to differentiate edible fig tree

Fig trees are commonly found in many campuses in Kerala. But when they bear fruits, people often seem to be confused whether they are ..

Elelphant

Elephant dung compost: A good choice for organic farmers

Elephant, the biggest animal on land, has been used for many purposes by human beings. But how many of us know that elephant dung also ..

spotted butterfish

Spotted butterfish: Not only edible, but ornamental too

Keralites are familiar with spotted butterfish, which is locally known as ‘Nachara’ or ‘Kachayi’, as an edible ..

Daily dairy

From IT industry to milk supply; Success story of Hafeez and ‘Daily Dairy’

After completing B.Tech graduation in Computer Science from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Hafeez Ashraf worked ..

chilli bajji

Have homemade chilli bajji with home-grown bajji chilli

Indian cuisine is famous for its craze for masala and hot tastes. One of the most loved street snacks here is chilli bajji which ..

banana

Pickle, powder… Banana peel has more benefits

Banana is one of the most common and most popular fruits in our place. Also it tops the list when it comes to nutrients. But the latest ..

kohlrabi

Know about Kohlrabi, the veggie with edible stem

Has anybody heard of a strange plant that looks like cabbage when planted, grows like cauliflower, enlarges its stem like a pineapple ..

mango

Attempt to save ‘Karpoora Maanga’, the camphor smelling local mango of Kerala

In a study staged by Kerala Agricultural University, it has been found that the indigenous varieties of mango in Kerala are decreasing ..

sweet gourd

Tired of bitter gourd? Let’s try sweet gourd

Sweet gourd is one of the sweet varieties of gourd. The fruit of sweet gourd has blunt thorns all over the skin. Its male and female ..

curry leaf

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 ..

desert rose

How to grow desert rose at home

Adenium, also known as desert rose, is a beautiful flowering plant that finds special place in every garden. Most of the flowering ..

jackfruit

Sugar syrup for good yield of jackfruit

Though jackfruit trees grow well in some areas, fruit yield can be disappointing. In order to improve the fruit yield, we can try a ..

star fruit

Shaped as star, this fruit can be a star in cuisine too

Star fruit or Carambola is a key ingredient in a famous Italian fish stew that is enlisted in the 50 most delicious food items in the ..

Silage

Feed silage to cattle for better milk production

As the grass farms were destroyed in the flood, silage is suggested as a good alternative fodder for the cattle. Though the north Indian ..

seeds

Collect seeds from plants properly, See it grow healthy

Seed collection of vegetable crops is very important as it affects the quality of the plant in future. Although the seed is of ..

Dhaincha

‘Communist Pacha’ can be used as effective manure

Some of the weeds which farmers consider as a curse can actually be a boon, if wisely utilized. Weeds can be turned into effective ..

Paddy

New high yielding paddy variety developed in Pilicode RARS

Cheruvathur (Kasaragod): A new paddy variety suitable for coastal wetland paddy cultivation is being developed in Pilicode Regional ..

haritha kashayam

Green decoction to get rid of pest menace

Attack of pests is the biggest menace faced by farmers. Insects tend to attack the plants for inhabiting, breeding, feeding and defending ..

cock

Tips to treat breathing trouble in domestic fowls

A gapeworm scientifically known as Syngamus trachea causes breathing troubles in domestic fowls like chicken, quails, ducks and turkeys ..

cherry

How to process cherry fruits after harvesting

Cherry fruits are rather too sour to eat directly after harvesting. The fruit need some processing to make it edible. Here are the ..

Peanut

Grow peanut on ground or in grow bag; Here are some tips

Peanut plant is an unusual one as its flowers bloom on the plant but the nut grows beneath the ground. Peanut is the best-liked snack ..

cows

This dairy farmer tells story of flood survival with 19 cows

Kumarakom: An entire village is lauding the efforts of a young farmer who struggled hard to save his cattle from the flood. Aymanam ..

pallathi

Overuse of pesticide affects reproductive ability of local fish

Kozhikode: A study has shown that the reproductive ability in the indigenous fish varieties in Kerala is dropping considerably. The ..

fish

Have a ‘Miss Kerala’ in your fish tank for a visual treat

‘Miss Kerala’ is not only the title of a beauty pageant, but also a pretty ornamental fish much popular in the market ..

nilufer

Success story of first female vet surgeon in Lakshadweep

When Dr. P. P. Nilufer took charge as the first women veterinary surgeon in the Kavaratti dairy farm in Lakshadweep, everyone in the ..

Sandalwood

How to grow Sandalwood - the most expensive wood in world

The most expensive wood in the world could be sandalwood tree. The highest quality sandalwood variety can fetch a price of up to ..

vegetable

No vegetable shortage in markets; local produce less available

Kochi: A huge decline will be seen in the availability of locally produced vegetables due to the flood havoc. However, there would ..

mushroom

Mushroom cultivation: Choose right varieties to eat safe

Mushrooms are a much loved dish on the dining table. Not all types of mushrooms are edible and some of them are highly poisonous. Edible ..

kurunnolakkootam

‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ shows how farm tradition paved way to art

A group of Thrissur based artists known as ‘Kurunnolakkoottam’ stand out by creating wonderful craftworks using tender ..

agro park

Kerala soon to have coconut, banana, honey, mango, vegetable parks

Nedumbassery: The department of agriculture is planning to start coconut, banana, honey, mango and vegetable parks in the state. Rs ..

Arapaima gigas

6.75 feet long, weighs 100 kg; Giant fish from Amazon pulls crowd

Kothamangalam (Ernakulam): A giant fish that weighs more than 100 kg and has a length of 6.75 feet has drawn crowd to the fish farm ..

cassava

Group of nature lovers develop ‘Tapioca’ based substitute for ‘Maida’

A group of environmental activists have developed a substitute for white flour (Maida) from cassava. They switched their activism into ..

Screw tree

‘Idampiri Valampiri’ grown in marketplace attracts people

Muhamma: A rare herbal plant Indian screw tree, which is known as ‘Idampiri Valampiri’ in Malayalam, have become the ..

Sarfasi Act

8000 loan defaulters in Wayanad under threat of eviction

Kalpetta: As the banks have started using the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest ..

Anthurium and Orchid

Tips to scientifically pack Anthurium and Orchid

Orchid and Anthurium are two flowering plants that have high scope in the market and in export sector. Once the flowers are harvested, ..

MakotaDeva

Fruit that fights diabetes: Mahkota Dewa flourishes in Tom’s farm

Choosing a variety crop, Kottayam Pallikkathod native Tom Antony is cultivating ‘Mahkota Dewa’ fruit (God’s Crown ..

Agriculture

Robin earns Rs 16 lakh per year in agri-business

With novel idea and consistent effort, Kottayam Marangattupilly native Robin P. Joy has proven that agriculture gives 10 times more ..

Mullan paval

Bitter but beautiful, Paradise fruit gives you goodness

Dr. A. Gangaprasad who is a teacher of the department of botany in Kerala University has been in search of a rare fruit for six months ..

Green grama

Welcome to ‘Green Grama’ - The paradise of foreign fruits in Kerala

‘Fruit paradise’ could be the best name to call an orchard that is filled with about 460 fruit bearing plants. Kottarakkara ..

Dr. Migdad and Jancy in rabbit farm

Pass a test first and then get rabbit; Dr. Migdad’s style of rabbit farming

Ashiyana Rabbit Farm started by Dr. M. Migdad at Tirur in Malappuram is one of the noted rabbit farms in India. There are thousands ..

thippali

Aby’s idea of grafting bush pepper on long pepper gives high yield

Kasaragod: Parappa native Aby left his job in a super specialty hospital in Pune just to follow his passion for cultivation. After ..

Agriculture

Violet iris - The queen of gardens

Violet iris is an attractive flowering plant widely cultivated in states like Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura ..

rubber

Hameed comes up with a technique to develop new branches for rubber plants

The stem of rubber trees at the foot should normally have 2.5 to 3 meters (8-10 feet) height to take revenue by proper tapping. Branches ..

Drumstick leaves

Drumstick leaves extract as organic growth hormone for plants

When the plants in out gardens fail to flourish or bear fruit in the right time, most of us take resort to growth hormones. However, ..

Poinsettia

Why do farmers love Poinsettia?

Poinsettia is a plant widely used for decoration during Christmas and Easter seasons. Scientific named Euphorbia Pulcherrima, the plant ..

Giant granadilla

Giant granadilla bears fruit in Padoor resident's terrace garden

Venkitangu (Thrissur): A giant granadilla plant which is normally found in cold regions and hillside villages grew in the terrace ..

crown flower

Benefits of 'Erukkin poo'

Crown flower, which is commonly known as ‘Erukku’ in Malayalam, was considered a cursed plant because it grows in cemeteries ..

Cardamom

Ball-shaped cardamom becomes odd one out in 5-acre plantation

Kumily: A cardamom plant in a plantation near Kumily has been found bearing cardamom with a unique shape. The plant grows in Odamettil ..

banana

'Cadavers' to control worm pests in plantain farming

Plantain is one of the most commercially cultivated fruit crops in Kerala. The major threat faced by plantain farmers is the attack ..

Brahmi

Reap goodness of Brahmi from home garden

Nowadays, different types of artificial medicines are used to enhance cognitive power of children. However, these products manufactured ..

egg shell

Eggshell powder to enrich vegetable cultivation

Bio-manure is most suitable for vegetable cultivation. Most of the farmers buy organic fertilizers from Krishi Bhavan or other agricultural ..

Bunchosia

Peanut butter fruit for beauty and profit

Bunchosia fruit, noted for its peanut-like taste, is becoming popular in Kerala. Also known as ‘peanut butter fruit’, ..

shallot

Shallot peel solution for insect menace

The peel and outer layers of shallot onion and garlic can be used as effective pesticides in organic farming. Collect the peel and ..

fish

Home-made nourishing feed for aquarium fish

Aquarium fish can be fed with both organic feed and artificial feed. Most of the aquarium maintainers use artificial feed mainly because ..

reduviid bug

Reduviid bugs for pest control in vegetable, fruit farms

Reduviid bug or assassin bug, locally known as ‘Chenchazhi’, is a beneficial insect that controls pests like caterpillars ..

pineapple

Price drop due to Nipah fear; Vazhakulam company to collect 200 tonnes pineapples

Moovattupuzha: Vazhakulam Agro and Food Processing Company chairman Babu Paul informed that the company will collect pineapples from ..