Every year, January appears to be an ideal month to revamp the garden. In 2015, it was the catastrophic flood and last year it was the disastrous cyclone that destroyed the garden.
On 12th Dec of 2016, Cyclonic storm ‘Vardha’ ravaged the city of Chennai with a wind speed of 120kmph. Uprooted trees, broken electric poles, and the water logged streets completely wrecked the city. Almost 3800 trees were uprooted and the birds, squirrels lost their habitats.
Post-the cyclone, I couldn’t add any new plants in the garden as it is scattered with broken pots, trellis and withered plants. Today, I spent 5 hours to clear the wreckages and found composting is a good way to recycle it all.
Dug a long pit and layered the withered plants. Then, added a layer of shredded newspapers and vegetable scrapings. Then, layered again with dry leaves and topped it with soil. Furthermore, added a few earthworms to facilitate the decomposition process.
Compost will be ready in couple of weeks!!