My only exposure to watercress had been from reading about it in English Literature where it appeared in sandwiches with afternoon tea. Imagine my surprise when I saw the vibrantly green, robust lettuce Nam has been producing.
She liked her small patch.
So she planted much more in the new vegie patch I’ve produced — and she asked me to make a Sih Lamb to protect it from the grueling sun.
I found some usable pieces of bamboo and plastic cloth from the old Sih Lambs that I have just taken down.
The work Sih Lamb and the Parking Sih Lamb were falling apart under the onslaught of sun and ant. I have replaced the bamboo with galvanized metal poles that will last until we can afford permanent buildings. I have to keep the space filled with structures and thus available for future buildings or Nam will fill every available inch with plants.
The work Sih Laamb now has more area covered with water resistant tarps. (I finally found strong tarps!)
The parking area Sih Lamb was finished this morning with intense ‘help’, ‘advice’ and supervision from Nam whose patience has been strained and aesthetic sense bludgeoned by the make shift Sih Lamb that has been in place for the last two years.
Now Nam is in the kitchen making banana fritters. We harvested a stalk recently and we have 5 more ripening.
We have a number of different varieties of bananas. This is a Korat 50 and was given to us by the Wat Chom Kitti head monk for use during the house blessing ceremony two years ago.
Banana plants are not actually trees but large herbs with succulent, juicy stems that arise from a fleshy corm. Suckers continually spring up around the main plant with the oldest sucker replacing the main plant as it fruits and dies. Smooth, oblong to elliptical, fleshy stalked leaves unfurl in a spiral around the stem. A terminal spike, the inflorescence, shoots out from the heart in the tip of the stem. As it opens, clusters of white flowers are revealed. Female flowers are borne on the lower 5-15 rows and males upon the upper rows. As the young fruit, technically a berry, develop, they form slender green fingers which grow into a “hand” of bananas that droops due to its weight until the bunch is upside down. When to Pick Bananas The size of the fruit varies depending upon the variety of banana, so isn’t always a good indicator for picking bananas. Generally, banana tree harvesting can commence when the fruit on the upper hands are changing from dark green to a light greenish yellow and the fruit is plump. Banana stalks take 75-80 days from flower production to mature fruit.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Banana Tree Harvesting – Learn How And When To Pick Bananas https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/banana/banana-tree-harvesting.htmAdvertisements