Most of the planning went into week 2.
The question is what should be our first crop ?
Everyone thinks a full-time farmer knows which crop to select next. Which is not true always? He knows which crop, but not sure whether he gets the good rain or temperatures are favorable. A lot of planning may go in, but Nature plays its own role.
The challenge I had in the land is 40 years old without any crop. It was used as a playground by the school nearby. Not even a single drop of rain would seep into this land. The land is considered as pure barren. You can see in the images below and also the video I shared on facebook.
I had to consult a lot of people before making a choice of crop. But my heart said go with Narayana Reddy sir (Doddaballapur). He said in order to make your soil fertile you need to consider the nitrogen-fixing and mulching helpful crop. First, bring balance in the soil then you can grow any crop.
You know the challenges, the crop needs to fix nitrogen for the complete farm that means I need to sow for the complete farm. The only water source I have now is rain. The crop should also act as mulching after it matures. Only a few crops fall into this category Dencha(Sesbania bispinosa) and Sunhemp. Due to dad’s help, I could able to secure Sunhemp seeds finally.
I was waiting for rains. It was not a monsoon season anymore, this was in early February. I need to prepare the land for sowing. Being a Natural farmer I should not be using any heavy tilling types of machinery.
I choose plowing using bullocks. It never harms the microorganisms, not kill earthworms, nor makes the soil hard. It was a perfect solution. One of my grandpa’s contemporaries was still in business. I called him for the task. He was experienced, fast and had a pair of never tiring bulls. The Bulls are of the native breed name “Hallikar”.
Hallikar is drought resistant, native to Karnataka. The bulls can easily plow my 2 acres land in a few hours. You can see in pictures, the temperatures were soaring. The bulls never looked tired. Once they are done, they took a lot of rest and water.
Seeds of Sun hemp were scattered, after plowing.
I was all waiting for rains. Few days passed, finally got showers. It was enough for our Sun hemp to germinate and grow.
I will come up with a lot more updates on the progress of Sun hemp and the borewell water.