Mar 04, 2009
The herb spiral I had built last week in two hours is coming along very well. At a later post, I shall discuss how to build a herb spiral and how the design makes for easy ( low energy ) maintanence.
The tanduk rusa IMO brew is coming along very well too. When we opened the canister, the brew just bubbles over. The pH is an excellent 3.7, and the color has a nice purple tinge to it.
When we rub some of the brew on the palm, one can feel the tingling sensation almost immediately, and it is not the tingling from the bubbles. It is like little spikes. And the palm becomes noticeably reddish, as if the brew draws blood to the palm.
The palm before the brew.
The palm after touching the brew.
Today's highlight was this little bird building a nest in the mulberry bush, right next to the staff kitchen. This shot was taken about 4 feet away and it was not bothered. It is a wild bird and nobody feeds it or anything; we are just too busy. I don't think there are many farms where birds fly around without fear.
Today's bummer was the continuing heat-wave. The road leading to the farm has become a heat-bank and the grasses lining the road on both sides are burnt from the heat:
Hope the weather changes soon. The animals are being affected and the workers too are feeling irritable from the continuing heat. Noonday temperature now can hit the low 40s.
Feb 16, 2009
I have decided to have a no-dig herb and vegetable garden at the farm. Here's my working sketch:
I will build up the soil by first laying down a layer of dried lalang, then some goat dung, followed by compost. To protect the soil and to reduce the need for watering a thick layer of mulch will top off the planting medium. Seeds will be sown directly on to the medium and protected from birds and being washed away by the mulch.
As the vegetables are harvested, we need only top up with compost and dried lalang. There is no need for turning of the soil, no need for fallowing, etc. Season by season, we will build up the soil and it will never be depleted of nutrients.
Here are the result of the first day's work:
I am pretty satisfied with the first day's work. It looks like it is not only going to be productive, but also aesthetically pleasing. The workers will have a variety of vegetables for their meals with minimal input of labour and time.