Tag Archives: production zone

la caza de churros!

(the snail hunt!) best defense yet against invasive snails is applied human energy once a week their population is definitely kept in check right now. the test is likely to come when the rainy season returns, as they seem to … Continue reading

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Start of August Photos

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First Pigeon Pea Harvest!

We’re going to try sprouting this first batch. Any cooking recommendations from pigeon pea connoisseurs out there?

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1st of July Photos

a little late to the blog.. stay tuned for August!

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Whodunnit?

These creatures are tearing through the lumber in our casita. Any idea on who they are, and how to deflect them? We believe this colorful lady to be the female to the fella above. If you have an idea, please … Continue reading

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Tree Trouble

We’ve been hit hard. Or hit where it counts at least. I. One of our steadfast providers, the papaya, has been suffering from something that winds up rotting the roots and lower trunk enough to topple a good number of … Continue reading

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En El Jardin

Plugging along in the garden. We dug up two of the beds for some hugelkultur-inspired experimentation. (Similar to a cold-frame project of mine that has been showing promising results in its first year. Read more about hugelkultur in general here.) … Continue reading

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Building a New Compost Pile

Vegetable gardening in the production zone presents a number of challenges (opportunities, hopefully). Clay soil – most of the biomass of a rainforest is above ground, alive in lush vegetation. The topsoil is notoriously thin (Terra preta being a notable … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Leafcutter Ants

Soon after the garden was fully planted, colonies leafcutter ants established and began eating the newly planted garden. The leafcutter ants consumed most of the garden except for parsley, sweet pepper and garlic, in a period of three days. The … Continue reading

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Estrella enters casa bambu, Manabi, Ecuador

Ziggy, the local 2 meter, non-venomous tree snake visits the casa bambu. Reserva Jama-Coaque, Manabi, Ecuador.

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