2014 Index, Summary and Notes:
Entries for 2014
Notes and Comments:
2014 has been a busy but largely
undocumented year, due to problems with my computer,
which lasted from March until November.
Production has definitely increased
-largely due to the planting of various types beans.
Many of these were imported -and it has taken a while
for them to acclimatise. However, we not only have had a
hopefully still increasing harvest of beans -but
also signs that the soil is improving too (without
the use of fertilizer).
Papaya, Bananas and Coconuts have continued to
grow well -particularly near the end of the year,
despite some problems with lack of rain earlier. For
some reason we do seem to have a considerable number of
new Papaya trees growing and fruiting by the
end of the year -some of them bearing quite large (and
tasty) fruit while still small trees.
Towards the end of the year we had a few storms
-one of which cost us a couple of Banana trees and
a young (unproductive) Coconut tree. As a
result, we also removed a few more coconut trees which
we thought might be of danger to us or our neighbours.
This is giving us more sunlight -which we hope
will increase yields.
Vegetables (apart from Beans, Alubati, Saluyot and
Talinum) did not seem to do remarkably well this
year. Although we do have some Celery growing
plus a few different types of Onions and
various types of Sorghum. We were also
mildly successful with Purple Yams (Ube).
However, animals have also played an
important role this year -especially our Muscovy
Ducks -which are now starting their second
generation and are reproducing quite fast. They have
been certainly been performing better than our
Chickens (which we hope will naturally become
resistant to endemic Newcastle Disease).
Recently we have improved our chicken food -and
the Chickens seem to be responding with a glut
of eggs too.
We haven't managed to get our Pig pregnant
yet -but will keep trying in the new year.....
In conclusion: We still can't feed
ourselves entirely from the garden -but the likelyhood
seems increasingly possible. In the meantime, we do
enjoy a (hopefully, still increasing) number of
delicious natural food products from our garden
in addition to our shop bought diet.
We are also continuing to develop "waste areas" (along
hedges, under trees -and old tree stumps, etc.)
into productive areas for less sensitive crops
such as Ginger, Turmeric, Alubati, Talinum
and Saluyot, etc. -and to share and exchange
seeds and cuttings with our neighbours.
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