Dec 10, 2009
The expandable raised beds are now producing their third harvest:
This is bayam pasir again. We rotated the bed used.
And this is sawi bunga, a brassica chinensis var. It will be ready for harvesting cum thinning in a few days time when the flowers emerge.
There has been no purchased input and minimal on-farm produced inputs. When we replanted, we just top up with some compost, seed the beds and add mulch. We of course rotated beds. Once a week we spray some herbal extracts and our Teh Qi (compost tea) spray. That's about it. No weeding at all was necessary.
If you click on the pictures for a close-up, you can see minimal insect damage. And the plants are sweet and aromatic.
The office staff and their children came to help themselves to the vegetables and herbs, and to have a picnic at the farm.
The next bed that we will expand to, will be used to plant a herb, most probably basil as companion plant. In this way, we will reduce even further insect problems.
Here are some pictures of raised beds elsewhere in the farm:
Lush gotu kola or pegaga raised bed.
Healthy pumpkin plants under the mid-day sun on raised beds.
Watermelon plants on raised beds.