Grow MORINGA in your backyard
Hello Beauties (all gender types!),
When I started Moringa What, it was with the intention to help establish Moringa as the go to food source for low income groups in India, that are heavily malnourished (about 70% of the population).
Our first and current product, Moringa cold-pressed seed oil, was a welcome side project, that worked into the business model seamlessly. Each product sold was contributing to the social impact I envisioned.
Now, as I’m closing in on the launch our Moringa leaf powders, I want to put out there the option for those that can, to be as sustainable as possible and grow and consume their own Moringa.
This might not be for everyone and not everyone has the luxury of space or time and that’s absolutely okay. But if you do, Moringa is a great tree to inter crop with other plants (as it helps rejuvenate soil) and it has that nutrient quotient!
So heading right to it!
If you have a small patch of land and live in the geographical part of the world with dry climate, growing Moringa and using it directly could give you the option of having a nutrient dense food right at your doorstep ( or close enough)!
The leaves of the Moringa Oleifera tree are nutrient dense and work as a great addition to salads, smoothies and foods in general.
Paired with the abundant resources from Trees for Life and my personal experience, below are a few steps that go a long way to ensuring you see a sapling from the seed and leaves from the sampling!
1 Choose an area with light and sandy soil. If the soil is water-logged, this might prove problematic.
2 Dig holes 1 ft (30 cm) square and 1 ft deep. Back-fill the holes with loose soil. Organic Compost or manure (cow dung in India) works great to help the tree grow.
3 Plant 3 to 5 seeds in each hole, 2 in. (5 cm) apart. Plant the seeds no deeper than three times the width of the seed.
4 (MOST IMPORTANT STEP) Keep the soil moist enough so that the top soil will not dry, but it should not be too wet or the seeds can drown and rot. (This step is extremely crucial but also the most tricky, experience has taught me well)
5 When the saplings are four to six inches tall, keep the healthiest sapling in the ground and remove the rest.
The Moringa tree matures within 8 months. When you see a bunch of stems with the tiny but mighty leaves aching out of it, you are good to harvest!
Next post on harvesting and making your own Moringa leaf powder (or more accurately plant power) !🌿
If you have any question until now, go ahead and send me an email through the contact page. I’ll take a few days to respond, but I will!