I have started to spend a little bit of quality time in our garden. I tend to think of all that I am NOT doing, and all that I COULD do and less on what we are actually accomplishing so far.
I went around the garden with my camera this morning to record some of what is happening.
The garden is teaming with life. The tropical rains have nourished and brought forth life in abundance. Butterflies are everywhere as well as native bees.
Our guava trees we planted about three years ago are all fruiting this year for the first time. We ate our first strawberry guava (aptly named as looks like a strawberry growing on a tree). It has hundreds of fruit on it for a little tree (only about 1.5 metres tall) and I took a photo of the next ripe fruit ready to pick. I love the taste. I spat out the seeds as they are quite large and hard and I didn’t find them pleasant but the fruit was divine.
The small low growing shrub guava is also covered with dozens of fruit but am not sure what type this is as the tag blew away.
Our citrus trees (we bought a mixed half dozen trees very cheaply as they could not tell us if they were lemons, limes or orange trees) are all full of fruit. One of them looks like it may be an orange (fingers crossed) but there appear to be at least two limes from the size and shape of the fruit. The others are looking like different varieties of lemon and all look healthy.
My herbs are ready for picking and the basil (I have about three large patches) I am going to make some pesto with it.
A Thai Basil bush self propagated from seed dropped the previous year and is also looking good. The bees are loving it.
The view of the backyard is of dense tree growth and vegetable gardens. When we moved here it was just grass. It helps me realize how far we have come. It is swarming with bees, butterflies, insects and green living plants.
The Pawpaw and Papaya trees look healthy and are full of fruit. I read the other day that the seeds can be ground up and used as pepper. Just put the seeds into a pepper grinder and use that way. I am going to try it.
Also my Moringa trees (I have 3 large trees I keep cutting back and they reshoot) are full of long drooping seedpods again. The leaves look beautiful, fragile and fernlike.
I was reading that when the seedpods are young you cut them into pieces and boil or stir fry them and they are meant to taste like Asparagus. Also if you take out the seeds inside (like a bean) you can put them in a hand oil grinder (About $170 online to buy) and extract an oil to use for cooking that is extremely healthy for you. This is the first purchase I will make once I get some extra cash. The leaves of the Moringa tree I put into green smoothies and I also give to our chickens, as they are extremely rich in nutrients and minerals.
To be able to produce our own oil and pepper would be awesome.
Brett and I have finished the second draft of our soon to be published book for our website. We are on final stages. It has felt quite overwhelming at times, as the size has increased as we keep thinking of more things we need to clarify and say. However, we are hopeful it will meet a need and be received well.
I went and took some stem cuttings of geraniums and some herbs and have placed the roots in water after removing most of the top leaves. Waiting 2 or 3 weeks for them to grow roots and then will plant out in some pots.
The three coffee bushes have beans growing up the stems. Once they turn red/black I believe they are ready to harvest and process.
So, all in all, for February 2015 things are looking good in the garden.
Life goes on regardless of whatever stresses may be affecting us humans- and that is inspiring and hopeful in itself.