A leaf shred is a leaf saved

A leaf shred is a leaf saved.. In the last week’s Brown Leaf blog, we had guest blogger Ratna Gokhale, who shared how she made leaf shredder at home, what difficulties were faced and how they were overcome. In case you joined late, here is the link to the blog, ...
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Home-made dry leaves crusher

Home-made Dry Leaves Crusher - Ratna Gokhale. A professor of Mathematics, a passionate gardener. Her background of mathematics is evident in the experiments she has done in her garden, the precision, analysis; Her garden is a living laboratory. In the next week’s blog, we will visit her garden. Here is ...
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Let’s Mulch, Let’s Donate

This is the 3rd blog on mulching. You might wonder why I am so obsessed with it. Actually yes, I am. I am amazed with the design of nature. Resources in nature are limited. Resources are used and re-used. And that’s why this system has gone on and on, for ...
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Let’s mulch, let’s conserve water and let’s build our soils

Come winter, and falling leaves is a big headache for majority of city dwellers. What If I say, after reading this blog, you will be glad to have all those dry leaves around? Yes, no kidding. I can do that 😊 Stay with me, and I will convince you. What ...
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Let’s mulch

In this week’s blog, we discuss in detail, most-nature-friendly way of utilizing dry leaves. It is the easiest and yet much ignored way. If you have garden, large trees, then mulching means almost doing nothing. It is the dream, isn’t it? Wish to manage dry leaves with mulching? simply do ...
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Not a single dry leaf from this society is burnt or thrown away, visit 1

Buena Monte Society, Pashan road, Pune From November to April, management of dry leaves is one of the major concerns for people. Especially for the societies with a lot of trees, it becomes a nightmare. Currently, we are discussing various composting methods in the weekly blogs. In last 3 weeks ...
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How to build a dry leaf composter, Part 3

How to build a dry leaf composter, part 3 Method contributed by Kirti Bhave, Pune. Introduction part is a continuation of the two past weeks’ blogs. If you have already read them, if you are already convinced that you should go for composting, then feel free to skip this part ...
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How to build a leaf composter, Part 2

Introduction part is a continuation of the last week’s blog. If you have already read it, if you are already convinced that you should go for composting, then feel free to skip this part. Directly go to “Let’s build the composter” part. If you haven’t read last week’s blog, and ...
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Let’s Compost, Part 1

Let’s Compost, Part 1 First, let me convince you why you should compost dry leaves in your premises. Because it is the right thing to do. Because it completes the nature’s cycle and follows soil-to-soil principle. (Link) Because composting and not burning leaves, reduces air pollution. Because soil that has ...
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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 ...
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How to create garden, Part 11

Dr. Sarika Tiwari, Pune Here is why and how Sarika started garden Meet Dr. Sarika Tiwari, a homeopathic consultant by profession. A doctor and mother of two, Sarika feels that “Grow your own food” is the need of time. She was concerned about toxic chemical pesticides used on fruits and ...
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How to create a garden, Part 9

Rina Patwardhan, Pune Here is why and how Rina tai started garden Rina has done BSc. and MSc. in Horticulture and PHD in Special genetics and plant breeding. Wow!! Amazing, isn’t it? Asking Rina why she created garden is pointless; she had to 😊. Originally from Assam, Rina is settled ...
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One person’s trash…

अमंत्रमक्षरं नास्ति नास्ति मूलमनौषधम्‌ । अयोग्यः पुरुषो नास्ति योजकस्तत्र दुर्लभः॥ This Sanskrit verse means, no sound/mantra is without any significance, no plant is without special properties; no person is unworthy. What is rare is the one who identifies the qualities and connects the dots. Okkay, I can see that big ...
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How to create a garden, part 8

How to create a garden, part 8 Anjali Lele, Pune Here is why and how Anjali tai started garden Being a post-graduate in Botany, love for plants, backed up by solid knowledge defines Anjali tai. She has a garden on ground as well as on the terrace in Pune city ...
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School in Pune has terrace garden blossoming on dry leaves and nirmalya from 2000 households

Garden set up in the school premises, uses nirmalya from 2000 households. Organic matter goes back to the soil, nourishing it. It reduces stress on the river. 2000 students get connected, 2000 households become aware of environmental issues. Students bring nirmalya bags to school. No separate transportation is required. Nirmalya ...
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How to create terrace garden, part 7

Shashikala Dagade, Bavdhan Budruk, Pune Here is why and how Shashikala tai started garden Coming from a farming family, gardening came to Shahsikala tai naturally. She, before marriage used to live in a village named Paud, on the outskirts of Pune city, where her family cultivates seasonal crops. She later ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 3

Suchitra and Shirish Diwan Income Tax Lane, Pune Mr. and Mrs. Diwan reside in a lush green locality in Pune city. They have developed a beautiful terrace garden. Thankfully for them, their close family occupies the whole building; so, they did not face challenge of opposition from neighbors. Of course, ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 2

Kirti Bhave, Prabhat Road, Pune Meet Kirti Bhave, a passionate gardener, mother of two energetic kids. It is not possible to make terrace garden on her apartment building. Hence, Kirti has set up her garden on the terrace in her mother’s building, who stays 4-5 buildings away. This is the ...
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How to Create Terrace Garden Without Soil, Garden Visit 1

Sejal Sheth, Shaniwar Peth, Pune Profession: Dentist Today, let’s visit, Shaniwar Peth, a densely populated neighborhood in Pune city. This area has history of more than 300 years. Many heritage structures and memories of old Pune can be found here. Eventually the old residential buildings, called “wada” made way to ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 6

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How to create terrace garden without soil, part 4

Bharati Barhate, Pune Take a turn into the lane from noisy Karve Road, with its heavy Pune traffic, impatient honking and entirely different world awaits you. It is the garden around the building or it is the building amidst the garden; difficult to tell the difference. Meet Bharati Jawale-Barhate. She has ...
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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, ...
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How to create terrace garden without soil, Part 5

Amod Rahalkar, Pune It is Sadashiv peth, part of old city of Pune. Peth means sector. It was created in mid-18th century during the reign of Madhavrao Peshwa. Since then, it has only seen growth. One of the highly populated areas of Pune, narrow roads, cramped houses define Sadashiv peth ...
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Creating a terrace garden in concrete jungle? Apprehensive? This blog will put a smile on your face.

Well, the thought of “growing our own food” is wonderful. I decided to give it a try. Making a salad? Just pick up a tomato and cucumber from the terrace, pluck a few leaves of mint here and basil there. Wow! That is the dream. No traces of chemical fertilizers, ...
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How to make use of dust in the house

Keeping home clean is never ending activity, isn’t it? You sweep every day and still furniture is covered with dust the next day. And what if we skip a few days? Or if we are away? Oh, can’t even imagine. Layers and layers of dust everywhere, parapet, table tops, furniture ...
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A Veggie Tale: Inculcating love and sensitivity towards nature at young age

Medha Tengshe, Aarohi Society, Pune House with a beautiful garden, birds chirping, kids playing around; that was the picture in most of the cities and towns during 70’s. Then cities started growing at unprecedented rate. Commerce, industries concentrated in urban areas. People moved to the cities for employment opportunities. Eventually, ...
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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 ...
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Why there is waste in our cities and how we can eliminate it

Why there is “waste” where humans live and how we can eliminate it Earth is much older than us. Any river in India is a few lac years old, if not crore. They have been here even before humans walked this earth. For most part of our existence on earth, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why exactly do leaves fall

Rains are over. There is a slight chill in the atmosphere. Winter is just around the corner. Soon, sweaters, scarves, blankets will come out of the wardrobe, after a long break. It is a healthy season. Eat and be happy. Ideal one to go for a jog in the morning, ...
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