15 Nov ~ Update

This week’s group session was supposed to be Sunday, but we decided to change it to Saturday to follow Nature Co’s monthly visit schedule. Steven, their main representative, was not feeling well. A company representative came to deposit more bags of organic compost and organic fertiliser. He observed that we had not used completely the bags that were given to us earlier, and hinted that they may stop providing more bags in the next visit.

Organic compost & fertiliser
Organic compost & fertiliser

In the mean-time, we got busy tending to our garden.

Tending to our garden
Tending to our garden

Neighbours Sharon and Annie came armed with a little fig tree sapling. We identified the area between the “3 sisters” bed and the “banana circle” as a suitable place for 4 to 5 small trees. So, in goes, the little fig “tree”!

Fig tree sapling
Fig tree sapling

Pumpkin seeds went into the “3 Sisters” bed. If you recall, the 3 Sisters are the corn, bean, and pumpkins. Corn for providing support, bean for providing nitrogen to the soil, and pumpkins to protect the top soil. The bags of organic compost and fertiliser came in useful.

The organic fertiliser comes in useful
The organic fertiliser comes in useful

We took time to check in on our food compost barrel too. It’s wonderful that there have been neighbours who contribute food waste every week.

Contents of our food compost barrel
Contents of our food compost barrel

The mung beans which were planted in the circle beds reserved for fruit trees and the “3 sisters” are about 40cm tall now. The pods are turning brown, and ready for harvest. These beans can be extracted to cook (e.g. as green bean soup), or to keep as seeds for growing more plants. Dennis shared that the soil condition in the beds has improved since the bean plants were planted.

Green beans
Green beans

Also, we harvested our first (and only) 2 passion fruits from the garden!

Our first 2 passion fruits!
Our first 2 passion fruits!
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