As we move further towards the end of the year the real December heat is building up. Lucky for us we had a little rain over the Full Moon period but now it looks once again to be hot and dry. Fingers crossed we will get a little more rain in the next weeks.
As the weather dries we have started to see some of the fruit trees beginning to ripen their fruits. This is a good time of year for anyone with Mango, Banana, Papaya, Oranges, Lime trees. Fruit like the Mangos in the crate below can bring in between Ksh 15 and 25 per piece depending on the size. For anyone looking to start farming it is advisable to plant lots of fruit trees early on during the start of the rains.
Some of the items in the photos above, Bananas, Mango, Passion Fruit, Papaya, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggs, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Rucola, Lettuce, Mint, Thyme, Parsley and Edible flowers for garnishing the dishes at the Nomad Beach Bar and Restaurant.
Since our first posts about some of these ongoing projects those of you who are following may notice quite a big difference in some of these photos. Above left we have a very basic example of ‘REPURPOSING’ on the farm. We have a new generation Passion Fruit trying to find a place to climb. Rather than spend time and energy to make a Trellis for this little Passion we just used a broken electric power supply cable.. which the Passion Fruit will now climb as it reaches into the tree nearby.
One of the repurposed Jacuzzis on the Nomad farm showing the success possible in growing notoriously difficult Basil. We are constantly fighting with pests here but with the raised bed, care and the ‘Organic Army’ of pest controllers we have done ok.
Above on the left one can see how we have used some parts of the ‘husk’ of Coconut trees to act as mulch to lower the rate moisture is evaporated from the soil and also to keep the soil temperature down in these hot months to come. Soil that gets too hot can damage or kill your crops as well as any of the positive microorganisms in the soil. Protect and nurture your soil! (Above right) this was a recent mornings ‘harvest’ of Black soldier fly larvae, or ‘BSF’ for anyone trying to avoid a tongue twister. These guys went to the Tilapia fish on that morning, some days they go to the Chickens.