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Serpent gardens

In Kerala, most of the rural middle class families used to keep a portion of land for snakes called "Pambu Kavu" or "Pambu Puttu". The topsoil was fertile with natural manure, and many rare varieties of plants and medicinal herbs grew there. The thickly covered soil stored the rainwater and prevented soil erosion. The ground water filtering down with the rich mixture of herbal leaves and roots provided a precious percolation of potable water.

Sujatha V, XI
Tiruchi: St. James Matriculation Higher Secondary School

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