environment, ecology and biodiversity |
THE WHOLESOME UNIVERSE
MY GRANDFATHER’S HOMESTEAD GARDEN | Deepthi C.B.
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A small home garden, with its healthy biodiversity, becomes a wholesome universe, imparting many environmental and cultural values along with being a multifunctional living space with rich symbolic meanings.
Why do we find nature so attractive and rejuvenating?

I believe it is the comforting melodies and harmonious coexistence of all the elements which does the wonders, making one feel relaxed & free, where that moment of tranquillity just belongs to you. Our gardens are often an indirect attempt to bring these experiences and emotions closer to our homes.

As kids, our favourite part of the summer vacation was to visit our grandparent’s house and homestead garden in the village of Venmony, located on the eastern elevated region of Alleppey district, Kerala. Our house had a two acres of land in which my grandfather had developed a functional yet aesthetically appealing homestead garden. It is a traditional garden practice of using the adjoining land area for cultivation of trees, vegetables and flowers for worship along with livestock, poultry and fish for the basic family needs. This made our houses self-sufficient and nurtured a unique biodiversity in itself.


 
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