Category Archives: Natural Farming

Enter the hottest summer

Hello fellow gardeners! How is your garden doing/ In my part of the world, it’s the hottest summer. Not only are we used to the heat and humidity of it , the plants also bring out their survival instincts and learn how to cope. I feel so frustrated for the sad plants who begin to show discomfort in their yellowing of leaves and totally give up altogether.

Now , this piece is about the survivors , the ones who thrive despite this challenge, in fact, they are majestic competing with the radiance of the sun.

For my veggies, only the mustard , pechay , and  cilantro are showing resilience. I examined the soil..it’s parched. IMG_0559But these plants win hands down, with some watering, they don’t need so much care and attention. I can’t wait to turn the mustard into my favorite achara.I learned the recipe from our neighbor. Just chop the mustard , mash with rock salt , blend with chopped garlic and a little vinegar, you may or may not put in a little sugar, place inside a bottle , and toss in the ref . That is already preserved! Oh ! You must try this ! Perfect to go with  grill/fried fish or as an appetizer, kimchi style!

So I digress. For the fruit trees,these are the winners this summer: my ever reliable papaya , that I planted from seed is giving me so much joy. It’s big and tasty, and doesn’t seem to end fruiting still. If you want a no- hassle fruit to plant, I recommend papaya. My 5 mangoes that I planted some five years back are starting to flower and some are showing small fruits already. The Bananas that we planted last rainy season, its giving us pleasure this March.

The ornamental that are enjoying the sun: are anthuriums, bougainvilla  and the garlic vine!

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Nature has time and again taught me this lesson in gardening, Go with its seasons, and never go against its flow. So , here I am , eager to have the rains back but a happy camper with what Nature has to offer!IMG_0567

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Natural Farming in Japan

Today, I happily stumbled a wonderful farming site that speaks to me like I was reading a personal journal rather than just about tilling the soil and harvesting veggies.More like an affirmation why I am doing what I am doing. Silly , but it’s true.The japanese blog is written also in English and it will be good for you to check it out too.. I am amazed at the dexterity of Sacchan’s writing as she pours out her insights about her scintillating past ( born and educated in tokyo, stayed for 5 years in Melbourne, and again six years in London , and back to her country to farm ),a gem of a blog indeed.I was instantly mesmerized by Sacchan’s tales of her childhood and her magnanimous philosophy in life and in farming , that it’s best to be on the giving end always.Always being ready to share with neighboring farmers: may it be harvest or fences or knowledge .

The author Sacchan planting rice and getting fascinated with mud.

As I consider this little parcel of land that I have, I think about the many aspirations I wish I had the time now to do.Like putting up a camp site, an ornamental nursery and a thriving sustainable farm able to supply not only to my needs but to a larger community.
I know it’s just a matter of time.
Last week, in the long weekend that everybody enjoyed. I saw the beauty of kindred spirit just enjoying the simplicity of what the farm has to offer.And I get so inspired looking at the pictures.

The Pacific kick- off ride had a pose in front of the Kirilaw Mountains.

The bikes "pastured " in the grassland.