Flowers

You can really tell it’s spring around the farm. There are all kinds of flowers blooming. Our mountain apples have tons of flowers, and it will be nice to see if we get some this apples this year.  We have both the red and the white variety. Our allspice tree is loaded with flowers. I hope to get a nice batch this year to give as gifts. Yesterday I saw a lot of bees on our cherry trees. It’s so nice to see them coming back. David’s working on the lo’i today, the small ponds we grow our taro in. Today I harvested a small batch of hibiscus to make tea . It’s not the hibiscus flower that one typically sees but it is a variety of hibiscus. I’ve taken pictures of the calyxes and what they look like when you peel them to make the tea . You can dry it to make tea, or just use it fresh to make tea.  Above are some pictures so you can see what I started with and what the finished product looked like. I have enough left over to dry it for later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harvest!

We have so many Chinese peas right now . I found a beautiful butternut squash in the garden along with some cucumbers I didn’t know we had.  It makes it sound like I just stumbled upon some vegetables I didn’t know we were growing. The vines of the squash and cucumbers have such large leaves you can easily miss these vegetables if you’re not looking very well.  Our surinam cherry tree has a ton of fruit on it too and we got our first small batch of Malabar Chestnuts.

April is here

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Poha berries before

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I spent the morning picking poha berries more commonly known as gooseberries. See the pictures above. The Poha berry has an outer shell very similar to a tomatillo.  It’s paper thin but you have to take it off.   It took over an hour to peel all those berries . The chickens have been very busy as you can see with all the eggs, and we had our first batch of Chinese peas. I love Chinese peas; they are one of my favorite vegetables. The hubby went fishing and caught a really nice ono  that we’ve been eating all week . It’s certainly been a productive week on the farm.