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The tunnel is the width of sowing beds and about 75 cm high. Use"bamboo hoops for the framework to support the polyet~ylene sheet cover. ;r enclosed or temperature inside the tunnel will not increase. Seedbeds Use wooden planks, bricks or bamboo as sides for seed beds which should be about 20 cm high and 1 m wide. Fill beds with a soil and sand mixture of 50% forest soil and 50% river sand. Red soil by itself is too compact for a good seedbed. 45 Nursery Practices Level the soil to the height of the sides of the seedbed.

Plant windbreaks. - Mark out the rows. Establish shade trees. Irrigation. Prepare the Land The land must be cleared and all old trees and their roots removed-do not leave old timber lying around as this attracts pests. With land up to 15% slope, run the rows across the slope making sure there is a fall of 1 to 2% for drainage. Ground covers should be planted to avoid erosion. When land is greater than 15% slope, contour planting must be undertaken. 5 m 23 Planting Coffee Trees apart within the row.

The entire flora in the region assumes a white hue as the coffee flowers overpower every other color. It is like the jewel in the crown of coffee planters. Flowering presents a unique image of the coffee plantation. It is a treat for ones eyes. Many foreigners visit India during the blossom time and are simply overwhelmed seeing the mystic beauty and delicate fragrance. In short this experience is bewitching, captivating, enchanting and magical. It is an experience that is best when it is felt.

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