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Panchagavya for Organic Gardening

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Vrikshayurveda is an ancient treasure of knowledge in India which deals with every aspect related to the life of plants. The Sanskrit term  'Vrikshayurveda' means "The Science of Plant Life". Divided into twelve chapters, it advocates the use of natural resources in Agriculture in maintaining the balance between plants, animals and humans. Presently, there is only one copy on palm leaves of this ancient treasure remains in the world, kept in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, United Kingdom. This ancient literature contains many formulations for preparation of pest repellents, plant disease inhibitors and fertilizers from naturally available resources. Panchagavya is one such concoction described in Vrikshayurveda.

What is Panchagavya...?

The Sanskrit term Panchagavya means "five products from the cow". These are cow dung, cow's urine, milk, curd and ghee. By mixing all these ingredients in equal proportion and allowing the mixture to ferment will produce Panchagavya.

Sometimes, you may find 'Panchagavya' wrongly pronounced as 'Panchakavya'. However, the correct pronunciation is Panchagavya. Gavya means related to cow and Kavya means poetry.

Here is a step-by-step Instructable for making a small batch of Panchagavya and how to use it.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment Required

For making a small batch of about four liters of Panchagavya, you need the following ingredients

  • About 500 grams of fresh cow dung
  • About half a liter of fresh cow's urine
  • Half a liter of fresh cow's milk
  • 500 grams of curd made from cow's milk
  • 500 grams of Ghee made from cow's milk

For how to make ghee, please read this Instructable : Home-Made Ghee (Long-term Butter Storage) by Javin007

You also need a wide mouthed earthen pot of about five liters capacity for mixing and fermenting the mixture. Wash the pot thoroughly before using it for making Panchagavya.

hunter9993 months ago

Very intresting idea! Thanks for sharing! :-)

antoniraj (author)  hunter9993 months ago
thank you hunter999...
Gabeuse4 months ago
Neem is indeed a fantastic plant for insect repellent. It just sad that my country did not homologued neem leaf oil, and cannot be sale in Canada :(
antoniraj (author)  Gabeuse4 months ago

Neem oil is extracted from the seeds and is a very good pest repellent. Surprising to know Neem oil is not sold in Canada

I did made and used Neemastra using Cow dung, Cow Urine & neem leaves which is a great organic pesticide. Panchgavya the name sounded familiar but I did not know what it was until this ible. Thank you so much for sharing Sir.

antoniraj (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya4 months ago
Thank you Tarun...