Vetiver grass is widely used as slope stabiliser which can easily be seen as one drives along hilly roads. The roots are long and tough, therefore vetiver is able to stabilise slopes.
I am trying to add vetiver within landscape after getting to know its many benefits beyond slope stabiliser. It anchors deep down taking nutrients underneath and release to other plants as ends its fruiful after life as mulch. It adds to biodiversity. The roots smell nice it seems. I probably wont venture into perfume business. I might consider selling it out as
Monday, March 13, 2017
A young lady Nor Hidayah came to the office last week for her doctoral research. I was chosen as her expert panel for professional inputs, which I gladly accepted, to ease out her quest for knowledge. The central issue is sustainability. While going through the discussion, I pointed out FOREST as the best example of sustainability, the fact that forest exist within a system that is self propelled. We may emulate contributing factors in forest sustainability into other systems.
This particular post is about Leucaena, which many would happily regard as a nuisance, or invasive. Folks around here call it as petai belalang. I on the hand place Leucaena as a treasure. Leucana has small leaves which would fall off from time to time. So small the leaves, that they blend well with grass underneath and decay in no time, adding organic matter to the soil. Some snails may venture out at night munching leaves on the ground, and probably leave poos behind , again as first class organic fertiliser in ready form. And that is a recipe for sustainability.
|Pic 1: Leucaena alongside Moringa, both with fine leaves|
behaving like deciduous trees,
dropping leaves regularly as agent of organic matter
|Pic 2: These leucaena had been pruned twice already.|
In the wild, Leucaena will be very bushy.
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Friday, March 10, 2017
The interest to grow pigeon peas began over the last two years, as we were beginning to get hooked on permaculture. I bought the first batch of pigeon pea seeds through ebay. The seeds came from Thailand, which share similar climate like ours; hot, humid and wet.
Two trees died during monsoon season in tandem with reports I read about pigeon peas don't really like water log. The rest are still growing, two in Putrajaya Backyard Garden, another four in Seri Iskandar Home. However none seems to be flowering after 1 and a half years. The seeds packet mentioned about maturity period of about 160-180 days which adds up to 5 to 6 months. So what went wrong with our pigeon pea tree? Lets see if the dry spell of March and April can induce much awaited flowerings.
Last month, while searching for early maturing variety, I came up to etsy online. 50 seeds altogether, it was suggested to grow them at shorter intervals, 3 feet apart. Once these little seedlings toughen a little bit, they become my hope of pigeon peas flowerings and fruiting. Before the end of the year, some conclusions can be made about backyard pigeon peas cultivation.
I have been successful with sorghum and sunn hemp, who knows pigeon peas will not end with dissappointment.
pigeon pea seedlings of early maturing variety
|Pic 1: pigeon peas seedlings, early maturing variety|
|Pic 2: pigeon peas seedlings, early maturing variety|
pigeon pea trees, One and a half year old
|Pic 3: Old pigeon pea tree at the backyard|
|Pic 4: Old pigeon pea tree at the backyard|
|Pic 5: Old pigeon pea tree at the backyard|
|Pic 5: Old pigeon pea tree at the backyard|
|Pic 6: Old pigeon pea tree at the driveway|
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
We put our self into groups we call race,where as for banana and other fauna we call variety. Pisang tanduk is a variety that produce the longest banana, sometimes reaching a foot long. Pisang emas is almost the opposite, small yet sweet.
I am yet to see how pisang emas will end up in our garden. Its Zila again, giving 5 pisang emas seedlings a few monts back. I wonder if I will be able to see them fruiting, because by October this year, we will shift to our retirement home in Seri Iskandar. Zila did mention about pisang emas requiring 9 months to mature.
|pic 1: Banana has its own unique way of opening up new shoot|
|pic 2: Pisang emas|
|pic3: Pisang emas, young shoot with light brown colour.|
It will slowly turn green as days pass by
|Pic 4: Pisang emas, light pinkish brown along stalks and stem|
|pic 5: This is pisang tanduk, more greenish.|
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Monday, March 6, 2017
Moringa is a fast growing tree. In October 2016, its height was 20 feet, now its well over 30 feet. Visible in the pictures, are a few moringa fruits or sometime called drumsticks dangling in the air. We had picked a few drumsticks at the lower branches for curry adds on.
The tree isn't two year old yet, but it towers over everything else in our garden and lawn under its shade, is getting a lot greener.
|Pic 1: Moringa drumsticks dangling|
|Pic 2: Moringa drumsticks dangling|
|Pic 3: Moringa trunk and branches. Lawn is greener.|
|Pic 4: Even the leaves are beautiful|
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Friday, March 3, 2017
Crotalaria pallida was primarily grown as nitrogen fixer and cover crop in plantations in the early days before mucuna bracteata and a few other legumes become popular. For small backyard gardens like ours, crotalaria pallida is both useful and suitable. Its very manageable and neat. If it grows too tall and leggy, it wouldn't mind a bit of pruning.
I will recommend crotalaria pallida to anyone,
as cover crop and nitrogen fixers
and it has beauty to match.
|Pic 1: Crotalia pallida alongside Mengkudu|
Three crotalaria pallida at the edge of mengkudu tree.
Lighter green of crotalaria soften
the extremely rich green of mengkudu
|Pic 2: Crotalaria Pallida in rows as companions |
to a few banana trees
(not visible in this picture)
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Monday, February 27, 2017
|Pic 1: affected papaya tree probably due to erwinia papayae bacteria|
|Pic 2: healthy papaya tree nearby|