We harvested 335kg this month which is a blessing since we did not as such prepare a monsoon kheti due to the late rains. 73Kg of the total was the ridge toru. 35Kg was chakki gourd which sadly is not as good as last year and most of the vines dried up this month as with the toru varieties.
By the 8th it looked as though the 2012 monsoon had cut out but on the 11th and 12th we experienced incredibly heavy storms during Holy Guruji's birthday and the talab started to fill up in a serious way. By the 14th the talab was half full – 5 metres which topped the expectations of most of us.
By the beginning of the month locals were excitedly discussing heavy rains in Haridwar and by the 6th they had reached us. Everything will start to grow like crazy now and just when our regular labour leaves for the annual season or cannot come due to the stoppage of the pick-up vehicle.