At site in 1980
Mahalakshmi -constructed -moved in.Sept 1980
Over time - Neem grown on south side with Frangipani Tree.
Below in 2010
These photos are across a period of 30 years,from 1980 to 2010.
GROW A TREE-
Neem- is an ideal and easy choice; but so many others inc. the Frangipani with scented flowers, the Bougainvilla Creeper and many more easily grow in area.Watering is difficult in a summer drought but such trees and plants are relatively hardy and consume less water and give so much shade and joy to all.We have grown it in our compound since 1980; mainly thanks to nature spreading seeds across and in our compound and carefully used ground water supply.Today the Neem tree stand about 35 feet tall on south side. The Sanskrit name of Neem is "Arishta" - as it relieves many problems.Everyone benefits from a neem tree.
The Neem tree in fact grows very easily, as the seeds are distributed by birds and squirrels which eat the fruit and drop seeds. It needs little water, adequate space to grow and spread outwards, plenty of sunlight and above all our----Respect and Care.
The Neem tree is seen all over in South India esp in temples, housing colonies and schools.Neem is easily be grown in the dry, stony, shallow and clayey soils.It grows slowly during the first year of planting.Many countries have been consistently growing the Neem tree to combat te effects of pollution and global warming.
The worldwide Neem Foundation has helped in improving awareness about the importance of neem and its uses globally.
Tree planting of a Neem is a worthwhile project and can be improved and propagated through the seeds and cuttings with co-operation.