Chinkang (Green Bucks),
2nd. generation Mung
2nd. generation Bush
Sitaw in H.3.
2nd. generation Burmese
Okra, 2nd. generation Bush Sitaw,
Pepper and a few fermented market Squash planted
along the South West hedge, near
the original Durian
stopped any further work.
When we went into town on
we discovered that the animal foodstuffs shop was selling Wheat, Barley, Oats and
separately. So we bought 250 grams of each. Today (before it started raining
in the afternoon) I distributed some in various
(labeled and unlabeled)
places around the garden. Some were planted separately
in the soil and others just mixed up and thrown down
onto the "compost"
areas under Coconut
Fatima's sister sent
us a whole load of seeds: Balsam Pear, Two types of Pumpkin (round and pear-shaped),
decorative Bottle Gourd, Angled
Loofah, Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Eggplant (round and long), Sweet Pepper and Red Radish.
As part of
tidying-up, planted, in various locations,
the few loose seeds we were still drying (Bush
beans, Hot Pepper, Cow Peas, Baguio Beans).
Balsam Pear (V.4E),
Penny Beans, Long
String Beans (Chinese), Loofah (angled and round),
Ampalya amongst the climbing frames.
(T.4A and various other locations).
Cucumber (mostly in the Northern
Garden) and assorted Squash (including fermented)in
various locations, mostly under trees.
Some Oats have
sprouted -some Barley
too -but it was wiped out already by the chickens, so
have replanted some.
The Wheat and
remained dormant (or
The pile of Coconuts under the
house is still growing. We shall have to harvest soon.
It has been quite windy recently (Typhoon in the North)
and the falling Coconuts
can be quite dangerous. I got hit a glancing blow in
the back today. Luckily, with no apparent damage.
Hopefully, Penny and
Terri will do the Copra this weekend -although the price
of Copra is
so low that we all will not earn much money from it.
Macapuno White Maize
soaked for a few hours and planted in various
Eggplant (round, long and
Chinese) planted in labelled pots. A
mixture was planted in a fourth pot -and covered
with a plastic bag.
-and together with Artichoke
in N.2B and 2nd
Last of the (2nd
Generation) Mung Beans distributed under the Snake
Bean Climbing frame.
A few (2nd
Generation) large Sorghum seeds planted in
Assorted Okra put in soak
for planting tomorrow.
Watered much of both Northern and Southern
Gardens. The wind dries the garden very
quickly. Sometimes one goes from flooding to cracked
earth in just a few days. Although some patches seem
to dry out quicker than others.
under Lanzones Trees
The sun is also noticeably shifting to the Northern
garden -which is becoming more sunny.
Full of Beans -and other
Perhaps this is why, for some (perhaps intuitive)
reason, despite a general tendency towards "no
weeding" -I decided to clean up the Banana
the Northern garden -which has been
fairly neglected for some time now. While cleaning up,
I noticed that the process
(or perhaps the
result) influenced my decisions on what to
plant there. Certainly the loss of weeds from the Banana
patch represented an increase in compost for the
Clearly, the weeds had improved the soil in the Banana
patch, however, it was still a little "thin"
-so, instead of merely broadcasting seeds mixed
with soil, as I usually do with mass seed plantings -I
covered the grains with soil mixed with chopped coir
-and then added another thin layer of chopped coir
over the entire patch. The Okra and Maize were buried
just below the surface -which is my usual practice
with large seeds.
Tidying up the Banana
In the new
Coconut mini-garden: Amaranth, Edible
Crysanthemum, Lions tail, Korean Hyssop, Sweet
marjoram, Purple Shisho and Caraway.
In the Banana patch: assorted Okra, Macapuno White
Maize, Oats, Barley, Wheat and Sunflower.
In N.1B and
N.2D: assorted Okra and Macapuno White Maize.
Watered the planted
areas after planting.
A single Long Bean
harvested from N.1C
-but more Beans
(of various sorts)
are on the way!
Ready for Renovation
Rain stopped play -no
more renovation work today!
Raining almost all day
Have been busy the last
few days and so unable to work in the garden. Today,
the garden seemed very dry. However, it started
raining before I could finish watering!
Several of the Squash plants are doing well (although
not yet producing fruit). Some are still recovering
from the damage received on Monday, during the coconut
harvest -which had become necessary because of the
danger from falling coconuts in the wind and the rain.
Coconuts -Copra and
Waiting for processing
Ready to be split for
Husked and unhusked
Matting from the Trunk
need to be removed from their outer husks (Coir -which
earlier was used for making rope and now is chopped for
compost). Then they are split open and the
inside "meat" is dried and removed from the
shell. The resulting dried Copra is chopped up
and sold. The coconut water can be drunk as well as
used for other products. We shall be making vinegar
We also make our own cooking
about 10 Coconuts a week) but this is made by
cooking fresh Coconut
coconut mixed with water and squeezed out)and
not from dried Copra.
In warmer weather it is possible to ,produce oil by fermentation
instead of cooking.