Wild bananas are a nuisance. In my attempt to plant the desired banana varieties, uprooting the rejects may prove a huge undertaking. It’s a necessary act to avoid confusion years down the road.
Month: October 2019
When the stakes are high (literally)
Sticking stakes into the ground for newly planted vegetation helps prevent collateral damage when working an area. Simple, cheap and effective method to flag a valuable in the ground.
Planting a Black Thorn durian tree
The wet season ushers in the planting season. A D200 Black Thorn durian finds its way into its new home on the edge of a steep slope. Easy part done for now. Next up, results in 7 years!
Red alert: Durian stem canker rot!
Face to face with the Phythopthora palmivora fungal infection, I’m torn between conventional and organic approach to combating this deadly disease. What are my chances of finding a chemical-free workable solution?
Building a banana circle
My farm is pretty much a hilly terrain. When it rains, the water run-off racing down the slope can be an incredibly large amount. Here, I’ve decided to make a banana circle at one of the lowest point in my farm.
Carbon carnage for the greater good
90% of the non-fruit trees are finally down. Should be having another 2 or more weeks to go to transform this mess into neat piles of logs and branches, stacked away in preparation for their various functions.
Every trip costs money
Because every single trip I make to the farm costs money, I need to make sure every trip counts. That means ensuring every journey involves a truckload full of stuffs to bring over to the farm.
Rain, rain, please come! But then…
The fish pond is finally filled after days of incessant raining signifying the start of the wet season. That means two things: Bad news is grass would flourish incredibly fast. Good news is planting season can finally begin.
Building a raised bed for sweet potatoes
I believe it’s easier to pile a mound of earth to plant sweet potatoes than digging up the same equivalent volume of soil in the ground. As sweet potatoes need loose and well draining soil for healthy tuber growth, making a layer of 1-2 feet of loose soil above ground is key.