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Butterflies around us

Butterflies around us Session by biodiversity expert Dharmaraj Patil Recently, Brown Leaf, Organic Gardening Group and Jividha, 3 initiatives in Pune, jointly organized session on butterflies. Why this session? What is the connection between dry leaves, gardening and butterflies? We in the city, strive to create a green patch amidst all the concrete jungle. This […]

Is it laziness? Oh, no it is benign neglect!!

You have a tree in your backyard. It provides soothing shade in summer, hosts various birds. You see squirrels running about its branches. It shelters so many kinds of insects. It is immense pleasure to look at. This patch of green is your oasis in the amidst the concrete jungle. Come November, and this bliss […]

Gardens without soil, Why and How

We hear this word “Soil-less Garden” from time to time. It is a relatively new concept born in urban landscapes. Cities are the center of commerce, huge infrastructure. Due to this very reason, people come to cities for employment opportunities. Eventually all cities hit the limit to growth. It is not possible to grow horizontally […]

Why this membership website

Brown Leaf came into being in February 2016. Around same time, I created this website, www.brownleaf.org. Now after two and half years, why am I exploring this option of membership website? First, what exactly is membership website? It is like subscribing to a magazine. One pays annual subscription and receives regular issue. Issue could be […]

How to use dry leaves? DONATE

For dry leaves, mulching and composting are two best strategies. For details please visit.. Here is a brief about both… Mulching is mimicking what happens in nature. Whatever falls on the floor remains there.. Shed leaves form a carpet, layer over the soil. This layer remains as it is throughout the summer. When rains arrive, […]

How to use dry leaves? COMPOST

In nature, processes are cyclic. Means there is no end to it. Output of one systems serves as input to some other system. While we, humans used natural, biodegradable products, there was not concept of waste. We used plates made of leaves. We used clothes made of natural fabric. Newspaper, leaves served as packaging material. […]

How to use dry leaves? MULCH

Mulching is the process by which we mimic what happens in the natural landscape. What happens in the natural landscape? Let’s see.. Have you been to any forest area? Wooded area with no or minimal human interference? How does the forest floor look? If we do not sweep and collects leaves shed by the tree […]

Why we should not burn dry leaves

November arrives, and we see dry leaves falling from the trees. They are just everywhere. Streets, footpaths, gardens, society premises, backyards. Our city literally gets drowned in dry leaves. We simply don’t know what to do with all these dry leaves. What do we do? There is fire, there is acrid smoke all around us. […]

Why Dry Leaves is a huge challenge

We know dry leaves is a huge challenge. But why exactly trees shed leaves? What must be the reason? Let’s discuss why leaf-fall occurs. Trees that shed leaves for some part of the year, are called “deciduous trees”. Trees lose water through the leaves through the process known as transpiration. In summer, they need to […]

Why leaves shed by tree are not green?

Around November, leaf fall starts. There are piles of leaves everywhere, on the roadside, on the roofs, in the society premises; just about everywhere. Did you notice, none of the leaves are green. They used to be green on the tree. But then they turned yellow or brown and then they fell. Why so? Why […]

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