Homegrown Veggies 

Welcome back folks.  Today I wanted to share with you a big project I’m currently working on and the steps I need to complete before I achieve it.  The main goal is to build a veggie garden and while I’d love to say that’s the essence of the project I’m currently working on, the truth is that for the moment I’m just laboring: cutting, clearing, weeding and pulling.  The notion of planting and edging the garden seems a lifetime away at this stage.  I cannot believe how rapidly, in just a short period of time, things can grow here in the tropics.  I live up in the jungle next to the National Park so the variety of life here is wonderful.  I’m literally surrounded by a million different shades of green.  It feels like paradise, but along with it comes a lot of effort. 

The idea of building a veggie garden has been on the cards for a while, but it was only when the wife started clearing a bit of land at the back of the house this weekend that set the wheels in motion so to speak.  I was working in the kitchen and heard a sudden squeak of delight from out the back.  She came rushing down holding a huge stack of freshly pulled lemongrass that happened to be growing in abundance.  I knew from that moment she’d be busy for the rest of the day.  As of this moment there are now little pockets of cleared garden with shoots of lemongrass sticking out of the ground al dotted around the property.  

The Idea 

The whole point of building a veggie garden is two-fold: firstly, as we live off the grid, growing our own food is another positive step in the self-sustaining lifestyle we’ve chosen.  The other reason is that when we eventually open for business we want to appeal to the eco-tourism market.  The very idea of having someone walk among the garden and pick out their own plump sumptuous vegetables and then cook them up specifically for them is, to us, a wonderful touch – as is juicing and blending up the freshest of fresh shakes and smoothies to offer our guests. 

Veggies 

The Veggie Garden

Where to put it? 

Obviously, choosing a nice even area that’s quite sizeable and has sufficient shade is the most ideal spot for veggie garden.  There’s a lovely area down the hill a little away from the house, which I think will be perfect.  Luckily, the land faces slightly northeast so we get good sun coverage in the mornings and at the hottest time of day (which here is between 10am – till 2pm) there is sufficient cover to prevent scorching. 

Preparing the land 

Cutting and clearing

This is basically the stage we’re at now.  The main land cutting has been done, it’s now a case of leveling it off and meticulously weeding the whole area – better to do it now than when things are in full bloom.  Then we’ll add a small layer of mulch just to help keep the weeds at bay.

Planting 

Edging

Fortunately, the availability of seeds here is plentiful.  As we’re in the tropics, we’ll have to go without potatoes as it’s just not temperate enough, but what we can look forward to is, chillies, eggplant, morning glory, Chinese cabbage, long green beans, bok choy, spring onions, possibly tomatoes and a whole variety of Asian greens.  I’ve also got a couple of huge avocado seeds that were brought over from a visiting friend. I’m not sure whether they’re of the hass variety or not, only that they’re Guatemalan.  

All this shouldn’t take too long, maybe five or six days, and while planting is time consuming, it’s quite therapeutic. While that’s being taken care of, my next big consideration is the finishing.  I need to choose a suitable edging for the perimeter of the garden, merely to separate the main garden from the veggie garden.  There are as always a few options: I could box it in wood or bamboo, use rocks or buy a purpose built product.. The problem with wood here is that it’s so expensive, and prices are rising all the time.  As for the rocks, there’s an availability issue, at least with the larger ones. Bamboo isn’t durable enough and the termites will feast on it three times a day.  The only solution is to buy a durable, purpose-built used lawn edging product, which is available in black plastic which also doubles as a retainer and aluminium.  I’m going to order the black as the colour will be more in-keeping with the rest of the property.  Anyway, that’s all for now folks, thanks for reading.  Until next time..

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