Monday- six days after sowing Ragi seeds - arrived and we were curious. First thing in the morning- off to the farm and boy, oh boy, disappointment! A very dry patch . Some blades of green grass shooting up gave us hope but Laksh confirmed that they were Ragi .
What had happened? Too little water? No rain? Seeds not appropriate? Seeds needed some extra treatment? The land lacking nutrition ? Is Radha repenting the decision to offer us her land? Is her mother unable to water? Do they have enough water? No rain! Damn the rain!
It hadn't rained at all since we planted and I immediately started to feel a bit superstitious( did we sow the seeds on the wrong Nakshatra date? ) Everyone had a hypothesis. In all this, I saw kids emptying their water bottles on the patch of dry land which to me was a very sweet gesture!
Anyways, since we were there, we weeded the plots , sponsored the tanker money, and sowed the legumes (Beans and Tuwar ) around the boundary of the three plots . We also watered the patch. And got excited at the sight of the Rock lizard.
Madhu was donated some Ragi seeds from the seed shop at Hebbal where she had bought Tuvar dal seeds (The shop keeper was very interested to learn about this project and had given her these seeds and wished her luck!). We decided to sow them in school this time and then transplant the saplings.
In an hour or so , it was time to to go back to school -Most of the kids walked back to school through the mango orchard with hope but the caretaker was extra careful!
And then, just like that, in the evening it rained!