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Harvesting Fruits on Dry Land.

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2 months ago

Those who have followed my posts know that the house where I live is not my own, that is, it is rented. I pay monthly rent. I will be five years living here in December. So today I will tell you about the yard. The backyard of the house has no perimeter walls. It has no walls built to keep out strangers, that is, animals and people.

The soil in the backyard was dry and sandy. It had only brush and weeds that covered its entire length. Since I moved in, I have spent time cleaning it up and maintaining it as a planting area for aromatic plants and herbs. It is my favorite hobby and a natural stress reliever. It has kept me busy for many years and now in times of pandemic much more.

For years all the organic material produced by eating food has been used to keep the natural nutrients in the soil. When I cut vegetables and vegetable shells I recycle them in my yard. Coffee grounds, eggshells, banana shells, everything is buried in the soil. I have been doing this for five years. And it also benefits me because it produces less garbage when the garbage truck arrives. It only takes empty containers, cardboard, paper and plastic.

 Before, a lot of stray dogs would come into the yard. And sometimes people would come to look at what I have in the yard. To prevent people from trespassing I started to build perimeter walls with plants. I started planting. I have planted side by side 14 bushes of lemons, oranges and tangerines. They are still small, no more than a meter high. But they are blocking the way there. On the other side, I have bananas plants, and different kind of plantains plants. They have harvested from here and have already had other shoots that will be ready to bear fruit next year.

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Also on the same side are planted close to each other 9 papaya plants. At another end I set up a kind of mesh with wires with several bushes of passion fruits that are entangled in the mesh, giving the sensation of a vegetable gate. I have an extension with a lemon balm bush.

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I surrounded myself on all sides with the plants. Now people don't come in. Sometimes a dog passes by but my pet Amber makes him run very fast. Amber is like me, jealous of her yard, she protects her area, she doesn't even let a cat pass by... hahaha.

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The soil is not as dry as it was at the beginning, now I have sweet peppers, paprika and chives. I have spinach, white basil, purple basil, good weed, and oregano.

I have prepared quite a bit of sweetened papaya from the papayas plants. I have already eaten several bunches of banana and plantain from my harvest. Last week we cut the last bunch of bananas of the season. And I have other new plants to bear fruit next year.

From the aromatic plants, I have prepared hot tea and made some sauces or creams that are spectacular to accompany lunch with steamed potatoes or meats. Very tasty.

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I have harvested pumpkins, sweet potatoes, melon, cucumber, and sweet potatoes. They leave my yard with a lot of vines to remove at the end of their products but they are worth it. Sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are special for making cakes. Large cucumbers for salads.

I have several hibiscus bushes. When they are in bloom we make juice. What a delight to drink cold hibiscus flower juice.

I have cactus and succulents, of which I make landscape compositions in clay pots. I used to sell them by order but now this enterprise is paralyzed for the moment. But latent, someday I will take it up again.

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I have all that in my yard. God has been so generous with me that he has given me fruit on dry land.

In conclusion and as a way of reflection, I will tell you the following, in the life of each one of us the same thing happens. Just as each one of us sows in good works, so too, in time, we will reap good fruits, in blessings.


 "He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully" 2 Corinthians 9:6.

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I do love gardening too and our soil here is pretty good. I have a couple of veggies planted in my yard I could just harvest anytime :)

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I'm glad you like gardening. If you have good soil, all the better. Sow, because the fruit you grow yourself has a different taste, it tastes like a blessing. Thanks for commenting.

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That is very true, my friend. Thank you and you're welcome!

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my mum also loves planting veggies and fruits, but sadly our soil in here is not as good as yours. The plants in here won't survive long and it will die

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You have the option of planting in large, drum type containers. I have an avocado bush that is three years old planted in a large paint container and another loquat bush the same way. It is a matter of looking for options. Many people who live in buildings have such crops on their terraces.

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I wish we had the same soil quality as yours - even with composts, it is quite hard because our area used to be a bed of adobe. We have been able to grow chilis, and some local veggies, but I can't get the tomatoes, squash, okra to bear fruit. After so many tries, two papaya plants have finally borne fruit, they are still small and we're waiting to harvest. There are many ornamental plants around, and they thrive.

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It's really a pity. But they can do it in large containers. I have seen balconies of residences with fruit plants. I have an avocado bush in a drum. It has been here for over three years and is dwarf but with a thick stem

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You are like my mom. She likes, no, she LOVES planting. She has grown lots of types of plants and flowers throughout the years in our second home. She is talented in growing them.

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I would have really liked to meet your mom. We would be very good friends, we have the same passion for plants.

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2 months ago

I think so, too!

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Wow, you managed to grow all those in dry and sandy lands? That sounds amazing! My mom would want to have her own garden but for now, she can only wish for it as there is no yard anywhere near our place.

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This soil has been nourished for years with organic matter that I generate from my own food consumption. You can plant in large pots. You don't need a yard, you can do it in large containers.

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2 months ago

So nice of you friend. You can pick fresh vegetable from your yard. And yeah its true that planting is a stress reliever especially this times of pandemic.

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2 months ago

That's right, from my garden I have prepared a variety of salads and harvested papayas and other fruits. Thanks for stopping by.

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It's yummy when harvest time because all of them are fresh from your yards. Your very much Welcome .

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2 months ago

That's very good! I'd love to do it but I lack the disciplene for it, and when I do, plage eats my plants! If you have tips I would love some haha

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Start by planting plants that are hardy. It's all a matter of time and dedication. If you own the house where you live it is worth it to start planting because in the long run you will see the fruits of your efforts. Your house will look more beautiful and fresh than it is now. Greetings

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It seems that you have made a big vegetable patch in the patio and that surrounding the perimeter with plants is great. May you continue to have good harvests. Happy Sunday to you!

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Surrounding the perimeter with plants was a practical solution to a problem I had with strangers barging in uninvited. And it really worked. My little garden has given me many blessings. Thanks for always stopping by. Happy day my friend.

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