Archive of ‘Around The Kebun’ category

AGAIN WE TRY

We are looking to see if this crop of Tomato’s will turn out to be as pretty as we hope them to be instead of the usual attacks of bugs! It would be nice to once in a while get some pretty ‘clean’ looking ones. The Marigold seem to be helping out but still too soon to tell. Now I wonder if we shall have extra and use some and make some tomato sauce this time around?

VANISHING OF THE BEES

We too have noticed that the number of bees seem to lessen with each passing year.

LONGHOUSE IN PROGRESS

We started on the converting of the largest goat house into the first of planned longhouse style accommodation some weeks back after building a new goat area for the goats evicted. So far we have had made good progress in putting up the walls with some help from wwoof’er Ian. The room interior’s is still hardly completed and still a long way to go. As of now only 3 room interior have been partially completed but these will need to be  reworked as we are not happy with the ‘look’ and the ‘feel’ we are aiming for.

The hardest work we thought was the scraping of the goat droppings of which we have a mountain of to use for the organic garden and the reinforcement of the structure and floor. Then the harder bit was the carrying of the timber to the longhouse which is about a 300 meter walk which also was completed thanks in a small part also to wwoof’er power.

It looks like we will be making slower progress with us going back to work on the gardens which have been neglected in part but life is getting to be a bit easier with the arrival of a groundsman Raul and livestock man Jhong. Now we prepare for the coming monsoon season but try and spend whatever spare time there may be working on the longhouse.

Take a last look at what the longhouse looked like almost 8 weeks ago. It looks way different now and with every nail we are slowly reaching the finish line. It is going to look awesome.

WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?

Despite the building and improving of barriers the pesky water monitors are still getting lucky and making off with our ducklings and chicks. We have turned to trapping them and yesterday caught our first which seems to be the smallest of the visiting lot, a mere 5 footer.

Now we have to decide if we are going to release it far far away off risking it coming back or save the fuel and conjure up a recipe for water monitor lizard.

WHAT BIRD IS THIS?

This photo from one of our wwoof’ers Claire. Would be great if we actually knew what kind of bird it was happily pecking away at our starfruits.

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS

We had the good folks at Journey Malaysia who paid a visit for a couple of nights. They were forced kindly volunteered to do some hard labour which included also some planting. Could not help but smile when one of the pup’s Zara tagged along and did some digging of her own. Hey? Every little bit helps.

WHEN SHE SCREAMS

Never mind if you are about to taste your warm scrambled eggs, never mind if the morning is extra chilly from the heavy rains the night before, never mind if you are startled by the high pitched scream. If she screams bloody murder you better run to her.

Another Reticulated Python. But this time no casualties in the hen house.

WHY BEES MATTER

Flowering plants require insects for pollination. The most effective is the honeybee, which pollinates 90% of commercial crops worldwide. As well as most fruits and vegetables they pollinate nuts, sunflowers and oil-seed rape. Coffee, soya beans, clovers – like alfafa, which is used for cattle feed – and even cotton are all dependent on bee pollination to increase yields. This is why this reportis very disturbing for us at least.

GOOD RAIN'S

The last few days have brought along some good rains. Everything looks and feels better. The farm definitely looks much more greener than in previous weeks.

Many projects on hand, everyday getting a bit done but to-do list is still getting longer.

THE NEPENTHES MIRABILIS

This is a  well known medicinal plant used by the natives of Sarawak. A small climbing pitcher plant that seems happy in both open areas and secondary jungle. Leaves are oblongish, the leaf stalks are grooved and winged, the margins are hairy. Its young shoots are covered in reddish hairs.

The Ibans use a decoction of the stem, root and leaves which is drunk to treat blood in stool. Tea is made out of the leaves to treat painful urination. Paste of the young shoots are used to treat snakebites. Juice from the stem is taken for food poisoning and water from the young pitchers (with lids still closed) is given to children to treat cough. In the Bidayuh people the sap from the stem is consumed to treat hangovers.