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30 June 2013
On the vegetable front we have suffered at the hands of lizards, mice and caterpillars having had seed and seedlings eaten...but all a learning process.
Now that many of Ladakh's trees and flowers are out in bloom I am reminded of how much beauty there is amongst the native species and what a diverse palate is available to the plantsman.
24 June 2013
Fruits of our labour
This week saw the installation of boxes into the latrines in Residence 4, the idea being that they will be filled with the sawdust from the carpentry workshop. I plan to give the children and housemothers a talk on how to use the latrines, putting a scoop of sawdust down the latrine after use, thus the end-product will be of a better quality than the existing product, the reason being, the carbon of the sawdust helps to breakdown the nitrogen-rich faeces in a carbon-nitrogen balance.
17 June 2013
I had a wonderful moment this week when walking through the plant nursery I became aware of a number of birds. Then realised that there is a growing number of birds and wildlife on site, this is due to the planting which is a wonderful thing to see and experience, the biodiversity is increasing as the biomass increases!
14 June 2013
The school participated in the Secondary Sports Tournament in May, organised by District Youth Services and Sports. It was held at the Boys’ Higher Secondary School, Leh. Thankfully the conditions were better than during their winter sports events. The following awards were won:
- Girls Football (Winner)
- Girls Handball (Runners Up)
- Boys Relay (Gold)
- Girls Relay (Gold)
- 100m race Girls (Gold)
- 100m race Boys (Gold)
- 400m race Boys (Bronze)
10 June 2013
We have planted the seedlings in the greenhouses and summer growing area, many vegetables and some melons. It was a fantastic effort getting all the planting done, which was satisfying to all.
The soil is fine and over the years it will get better and better. The trenches have been excellent for seedling development and have provided us with our own seedlings. Now all carriers are full and the total for the greenhouse and summer growing area is more than 70.
We have mulched our fruit tree beds which will help to begin to create better soil and retain moisture – increasingly important as now summer is here, I am also reminded of how strong the sun is and how hot it will get over the next few months.