Phul Maya Tamang planted saplings at the small-plantations and nurseries around the area. Her husband was good at carpentry. She is a mother to 18 children, of which 9 survive today. They needed an additional source of income, so they would sell potatoes to the sabjiwallah (vegetable vendor) who would in turn supply their produce to the army. Apart from potatoes, maize was also commonly grown – these have now made way for tomatoes and cabbage which are cultivated intensively on a much larger scale.