Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, if I am back in KL, I’ll be getting red packets of money from my parents and just about anyone I know and met that is married. The joys of a kid that is, and when we learned to gamble, this is the time to have mini casinos with friends and families and just gamble away, and wash it down with lots of festive snacks and what not. Anyway, this is going to be a good year for me, according to what the Feng Shui experts say.

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So I completed the framework for the strawberry bed, along with the 4 covers. The raw materials came together pretty nicely. I am pretty proud that it is perfectly imperfect, and probably the most complicated thing I have built so far. I’ve had some plans to keep the lids in an open position, but the end product shows that it can stay open on its own. Now,  I’ll just wait for dad to come over and we will put the netting on.

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These are the NZ heirloom Paraketia potatoes. I’ve been growing them in 40cm pots, 3 seed in a pot. As you can see, they are truly of a gourmet size, and smaller. From my observation, it doesn’t seem to form much potatoes at the top, most of them are concentrated towards the bottom, but there were 3 seeds growing at the bottom, perhaps, they didn’t size up that well due to competition for space. Next season, I’ll try multistorey growing. One seed at the base, and then another seed at the middle tier. We shall see what happens then. Still, I’m not complaining about gourmet size potatoes, they are the perfect bachelor size potatoes, and for boiling up and adding to salad whole.

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Chervil self seeding now on the hugelkultur bed.

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An upgrade to the main fertigation system. This is still work in progress, a solar air pump and mini float valve is on its way from eBay somewhere. I’ll be brewing compost tea in the drum itself, the venturi kit will be sucking the juice directly out of the system, and while it is going, the mini float valve will ensure the drum never runs dry, and the solar air pump provides aeration to keep the compost tea aerobic and prevent larvae growth. I’ve already filled it with a lot of comfrey leaves. I choose a black drum to exclude sunlight, hopefully, to stop algae growth in there.

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This is Raspberry Ivory. Its a yellow raspberry. I’m going to dig them out in Winter and move them into pots.

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In sequence, Early Gem does really well here, Silver Platinum first to flower and a bit lanky, Rainbow Inca good strong plant, Painted Mountain doing better than Silver Platinum.

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The first tomato is ready! Indigo Rose. Really strong plant. Highly recommended!

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Some windfall here, Gravenstein, Tom Putt, and William bon Chretian.

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Just look at the roses!

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I am pretty sure this is Cleopatra.

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This is my all time favorite. Its a very detailed rose with nice soothing color.

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This jelly bean poppy decided to do a bit of shades.

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The wildflowers meadow is still going strong. Rudbeckias and daisies flowering, a bit of poppy here and there, and the rest are setting seeds for the next season.

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That’s the possums manor. I’m going to set the Goodnature A12 trap there. I have ordered more canisters and  a hit counter. So, we will keep track of this and see if the trap is playing up, if it is, Goodnature will be servicing it for free.

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The orchard cottage this week. I have started up my running program again. This time, its going to be running, and not jogging. The plan is to do 2 burst, run for my life to the church, catch my breath, then run for my life back to the cottage. I think this is a more useful form of training, in case a tsunami hits, no one is going to jog for their lives.

I need to get a USB keyboard, some of my keys have decided to stop working. 12347890=.

 

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