Got a chance to take these 2 video on my mobile camera at a shop near to my office.
Quite a few emotions crossed my mind, upon seeing the two fellows so busy in themselves. The thoughts varied from “Isn’t it proof dog and human are friends from early days?”, “Wow!! what a nice example of symbiotic relationship, dog is benifitting by getting rid of it’s parasitic worms and the monkey benifitting in terms of food”, “Aren’t the younger lot of all animal species more friendlier than the older lot ?? I guess it will be very difficult to find similar thing happening with a older dog and moneky. So, does fear and apprehension take over us as we grow older?”
What emotion does it evoke in you ??
The camerderie was surely a joy to watch except for the humans who intervened with a intention to make them give better pose for my camera. Sorry for the intrusion guys! Please carry on the good work!!
In the meanwhile I have harvested the first cabbage from my garden. I had seed started this batch some time around 20th of October’09 and harvested it on 6th of Feb’10.
So, that’s roughly 3 and half months. Knowing the right time to harvest was surely a challenge. But, I just followed my natural instincts and self imposed guidelines of not letting anything over grow in size. When we go to vegetable market, I generally avoid buying anything that looks over grown to me like those huge sized bottle gourds, capsicums or even cabbage and cauli flower etc… I don’t have any solid reason as to why i do that. But somehow, to me they look very un-natural. As a kid i grew up in a very small town called Puri,Orissa famous for Lord Jagannath’s temple. In a small town like that probably all the vegetables use to come from near by villages. Also, those days may be because of lack of all these hybrid varieties and high quality chemicals the veggies used to be of small size. So, the image I have in mind of ‘nati’/local and small veggies still guides my mind in veggie selection.
There 5-6 more cabbages which are still growing, they are showing very laggard growth though. They were heavily infected by caterpillar in their early stage. Caterpillars came under controlled only after I applied this suggestion based on comment from Meena, one of my blog readers.
“I read that garlic spray is effective for caterpillars: Ingredients are garlic (2-3 bulbs), chilli powder (1-2 tbs), liquid detergent (2 tbs),vegetable oil (1tbs) and water (7 cups). You can put them all in a blender , mix and then strain through muslin, a coffee filter or similar. Pour what you need into a spray bottle for use.”
Thanks to Meena i have been able to save these cabbages and also bottle gourd to a large extent.
Right now am working on raising the beds of my garden with an intention to go for raised bed gardening. More on that in my next post.