6:30 Sunday morning — I’m expecting the end of the rainy season anytime now but an early morning downpour is putting my usual work schedule on hold. Hopefully the rain will let up later so we can make a run to the Sunday Mae Fak Market. Last week we went in for shallots and garlic and ended up buying some plants including an avocado. We’ve got one avocado Nam started from a seed but that is a very slow way to produce the desired result. Here are the two plants side by side:
We arranged with the garden stall vendors to order some plants that they will bring for us next Sunday, today. Two rambutan and two coffee plants. We have all the space that was devoted to Chiang Dah plants to fill up with a selection of plants.
Nam has been moving the baby plants that our large banana trees send out into the periphery. They are good soil builders and could be replaced by other plants if we desire later. We have about 20 bananas now. Two are producing bananas that are ripening and one big flower is starting a fresh batch.
I’ve got this urge to see what coffee plants are like although I understand we don’t have ideal conditions.
As part of the plans for that area I’m creating a walk path that will go down the center of our property to the end and make a loop. It will be about a meter wide, which will let me roll the lorry along it. Nam foresees a path shaded by intertwined mulberry branches and I’m intrigued to find out how she lines the path. She is thinking about the possibilities of having a two tiered layout of large plants covering an understory of plants that like shade.
It’s a pleasure to explore tropical plants after having a Pacific Northwest garden. I would never have expected to be growing a black pepper plant. One delightful addition to cuisine here is a sprinkle of twigs of green, unripe, peppercorns. Our pepper plant is young but beginning to produce:
In house we made a welcome addition to the kitchen. I had put together a work table made up of a piece of plywood supported by the handy modular plastic fruit crates. It was funky, couldn’t be moved, and was sitting directly on the floor so it couldn’t be cleaned underneath. We replaced it with an aluminum framed cabinet fronted by glass doors. Nam loves it.
I took the plastic boxes and plywood and created a better workspace in the workshop sihlamb.
The previous layout was being covered with sawdust from the industrious ant population working on the bamboo frame.
My aesthetic practice of successive approximations has certainly been put to the test in the construction of the sihlambs. I understand there are methods of producing bamboo that is longer lasting by soaking the bamboo in minerals but I think in my next iteration I am just going to switch to metal poles.
Nam picked up some young bamboo at the market on Tuesday and produced Spicy Curry with chicken and bamboo shoots. Too die for.
Nam thinks we should make a second bedroom out of part of the screened in porch. I think it is perfect as is. Her daughter Khim uses the table there to study.
The rain has let up and the ground is soft. Time to take the pick and work on the path.