Tropical Heritage Garden Diary:
Garden plants brought from Manila
Gynura, Oregano and Turmeric
The packet of heritage seeds
arrived yesterday. All in good order, except that one packet was
missing. We are waiting to hear from the company.
Today, trying to prepare the soil -but rain stopped play several
times. Have managed to trample a path through the area dug up by
our helper Terri, and dig a drainage ditch on the up-slope side
of the path -creating a slight hill in the middle. We now have
two strips for planting. Have thrown down some grass cuttings in
the hope it will mulch down enough in time for planting.
Later it was possible to plant some Chinese seeds (sweet pepper,
tomato, carrot, radish, etc.) from the local supermarket in some
of the existing beds. This was done by mixing all the seeds with
some fine soil and throwing it directly onto the beds. A few
herbs (parsley, coriander, etc.) were sown separately in an
attempt to build a herb garden where pandan and ginger is
Dug up some turmeric from the
"North" garden and replanted in various places around the garden
(partly for decoration and partly to break up the soil.
Also dug up stray cassava from the "South" garden, clearing an
area down to the trees -in order to open up a larger area to
sunlight and make it available for planting. Later we had a
snack from the cassava cooked in the milk of our own coconuts.
The seed company has promised to send the missing Stir Fry Mix.
It will probably take about two to three weeks to arrive. Most
of the delay involves the transfer from Manila to Baclayon,
including customs clearance.
Rice straw and chopped coconut husks spread as compost
Will wait a few days
for it to rot down a bit before planting.
Planted around 12 cow-peas,
Asparagus beans and Thai long beans. About 8 each along the
edges of the proposed areas -with around 4 being planted in
other parts of the garden (along chicken house fence and in
Southern garden where winged beans have been growing). Also dug
up some red ginger from the northern garden.
<trevor at tebatt dot net>