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Extreme Makeover

It’s almost the end of winter ~ Florida winter that is.  Another “nor’easter” is brewing and will probably come down south, yes, our way.

Will my warm weather plants’ seedlings survive? Will it get frosty, needing the tropical fruit “trees” to be covered again? Unpredictable as … who knows(?) *sigh*

But all is not lost. There is an indication that Spring is forthcoming. The grapevines are calling out.

Spring is forthcoming and I’m ready to grow!

So we decided on an extreme backyard makeover … Continue reading

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A New Bed Is Born

After we killed Ms Papaya, we decided to re-do her bed but leave that 1 matured Curry Leaf Plant (Murraya Koenigii) growing as is, because she (I call her Ms Murraya) does provide shade to the wall in summer.

Newly prepared bed

Newly prepared bed

I’ve buried some well fermented bokashi in that bed before topping it up with topsoil and manure.  Now it sits peacefully allowing some natural settling.

In the bed I have placed (vertically) 2 water pipes (each 1 ft long) with lots of holes drilled into them, to help with deep watering and a red 5-gal bucket with its bottom cut off. This is going to be a worm resort where those pet worms will be fed with bokashi and vegetable waste from the kitchen. They will live their lives in comfort, indulge in gourmet delicacies and in return, they will reward me with their treasured poop!  Fair exchange, right?

Worm resort without furnishing and food (yet).

Worm resort without furnishing, bedding or food (yet)… with removable roof.

Different level exit & entry doorways.

Different level exit & entry doorways.

So now, as summer comes to a close and the weather begins to cool ~ it’s time to “reforest” this bed with vegetables of the season… perhaps some Carrots, Daikons, Beets and Garlic amongst Tomatoes & Napa Cabbage … BUT  I definitely want a couple of giant Collard Greens there ~ I just love Collards.  :mrgreen:

 

 

The Fruits of Edible Gardening

The 1st ripe papaya of 2015 (plucked this morning)

The 1st ripe papaya of 2015 (plucked this morning)

There is always a reason
to appreciate the change of season.
Yes, it’s the time of the year
when spring is near.

Mulberries almost ripe ~ a few more days, just a few more days.

Mulberries almost ripe ~ a few more days, just a few more days.

 

 

It’s been a mild winter
with chilly winds but no frost,
so the tropical fruits are happy while the apples might be lost.

Cherry tomatoes which braved some chill are nicer than nice.

Cherry tomatoes which have braved some chill are nicer than nice.

 

 

 Papayas are beginning to ripen
and the mulberries too.
The tomatoes love the warming
just like the lemons do.

 

Lemons, soon to be used in tea with honey, over fish, in pickles ...

Lemons, soon to be used in tea with honey, over fish, in pickles …

The garden is beginning to color
with flowers and fruits once more …
and soon I can pluck and munch my breakfast
just 5 steps out of my backdoor.

 
I am still a Permaculture novice
and still being put to the test;
but I have tried my very best
and allowed Mother Nature
to guide me with the rest.

I call them Bed-Bags

They happen to be Bags of Composted Manure which I buy to make vegetable beds. No raised bed frames to build (for now), no earth to till … just a beginner’s lazy (wo)man’s way to plant more vegetables & trees, yes, trees!

It all began with an experiment 9 months ago when I placed some bags of manure which I bought on some spare space in the backyard. As I brought bag-by-bag around on my radio flyer wagon, ideas began to form, so ….

I cut 4 bags up, like in the photo below

cut bag

cut bag

inserted a 2-ply cardboard into the cut area

inserted a 2-ply cardboard into the cut area

inverted the bags so that cardboard would face the ground, then

cut the outer side out

then cut the top side out

In the exposed soil, I planted some comfrey & some sweet potato slips, moringa oleifera and okra seeds, a papaya seedling, 2 young 14″ potted mango seedlings. I then mulched them with pine needles and dried palm fronds.

9 months later …
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