Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yoga, Stick Bugs, and Chickens

The last of our summer garden has been harvested (mmm... pumpkins and squashes!) and we are just about to start digging our fall beds. We are getting to know the land better now, and have a good idea of where the plants will be happiest with plenty of sunshine this winter. Hopefully, we can put in a little greenhouse over the beds too.

Anybody know this mystery plant (the photo below)? The seeds were given to us at the annual provincial seed exchange, and the plant and fruit are wonderful vining delicious delights, but I have no idea what they are called! Any help out there??

The Yoga Platform is in use! We have a roof, a floor, an entryway, some stairs up, and a few half-walls showing the gorgeous jungle all around! There is still some fine-tuning to do, like shelving, a door, painting, and sanding, but so far so "AUM-y".

The stone-adobe bathroom is still in process, with the stone foundation walls almost finished. Next we will put up a temporary roof (to protect the structure from afternoon rainstorms) and start on the earthen and recycled bottle part of the walls. !!

Chicken update... 5 new little hens and 3 big ones were donated to the farm recently, which brings our total chicken population up to 14 (not including the 2 newly hatched chicks which "disappeared", either at the paws of a curious kitty or in the jowls of a lurking jungle lizard. . ) Since the little white chickens are tree-dwellers, it´s hard for us to find their eggs. Occasionally we hear the "BAK-BAK-BGAWK!" egging call and can track down their nests. Hopefully the 3 new big chickens will be more faithful to their coop and make our egg-harvesting easier!

The well hole is also coming along. We hit a layer of hard rock, and then stared at it scratching our heads for a few days. In the meantime, while reading one of our books, we came acroos the ingenious idea of lighting a fire in the well, then once it was really really hot, throwing cold water over it to break the rock (poor man´s dynamite?). So, we tried it... and it worked! It´s not magic and poof! easy now, but we can chip away and get big chunks, and have even hit a porous layer and water started to seep in from the sides! So, we´ll keep digging and maybe light another fire... slow going, but it´s coming.

The rain of late has brought hot, humid days, refreshing evenings, and tantalizing rainbows. Look closely at this one--- it´s a double!


Wesley said...

I'm not sure what that mystery plant is but both of my parents are pretty adept gardeners so I'll have them take a look at it and get back to you!

Sunshine said...

it looks a little bit similar to a kiwano...but not quite...