Tiny tot

Clearing the coconut trees this morning. Saw a squirrel jump from the frond of one tree to another. The crew realized there's a nest and before they could do anything, something fell to the ground with a loud thud. It was this tiny little thing, scared out of her wits. Trembling and heart beating real fast. It was probably also feeling cold as he had just been separated from this first home.

The nomad way of living 野 遊牧

░ SAMSUNG VISION LAB 系列講座|The Nomad Way-野游牧 - 背山面海只是一種選擇 ░ 許多人向山裡去追尋自我,面對磅礡自然的野性,而游牧這樣的新生活姿態,之於現代工業社會也擁有迥異於過往的魅力。位於台灣東部的都蘭部落,背山面海的先天環境、多元開放的人文特質,強烈吸引著肯夢創辦人朱平與Nonzero負責人陳郁敏。他們平日落點台北,定期切換生活場景前進都蘭,兩人並非單純於此打造一棟鄉間度假住宅,而是透過有意識的空間主張,運用各種行動科技,讓身體更貼近大自然的運行節奏。行動通訊裝置的誕生始於拉近人與人的距離,在真實手機即刻影像記錄和虛擬網路即時分享間,產生了一種數位游牧的嶄新概念。 - - - - - - - - - - 講者介紹| 朱平 連續的創業人、生命的學習者、永遠的新鮮人。1949年於四川成都出生,台灣長大,曾定居美國十餘年。為肯夢、肯邦、肯愛、漣漪人基金會、Red Room及Forward Taiwan創辦人,是台灣極具代表的創業家之一。曾出版《生意人‧悅日人‧漣漪人》一書。 王耀邦(格子) 格式InFormat Design Curating負責人、元智大學藝術與設計學系兼任講師。畢業於英國愛丁堡藝術學院空間藝術研究所,返台後致力策展與設計領域,特別重視事件的文化基底。熱愛閱讀與料理,不工作的時候,通常把時間消磨在山上或海邊。 - - - - - - - - - -  

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the favorite in our edible garden. We technically eat the fruit of the tomato plant, but it’s used as a vegetable in eating and cooking. This vine plant is fairly easy to grow and will produce a bumper crop with proper care. We have three different kinds of tomatoes. This one is Beefsteak Tomatoes, from Ferry Morse seeds. The stalks are real sturdy and they are starting to flower now with the first batch of tomatoes appearing. Can't wait to see how big they will grow. Currant tomatoes (野生番茄) The second type is currant tomatoes (野生番茄), mini in size,  each smaller than a grape, bigger than a pea. They look like cherry tomatoes, just smaller. We discovered two huge bushes, growing wild next to the paddy field. The third type is the local tomatoes, the common varietal found everywhere in Taiwan. Noticed that their flowers are similar to the wild tomatoes but different from the beefsteak tomatoes. They grew well on our farm and have yielded a lot of tomatoes. Each weighing around 80-100g.

Building edible garden (Part 2 Soil Preparation)

The soil is from our rice paddy and it is clay soil. Clay, silt, and sandy soils all behave differently and have different needs. http://garden.org/ediblelandscaping/?page=soil-common-sense The clay soil is mixed with potting soil, organic fertilizer and also rice husk to add some organic elements.sun dried rice husk Separating out the rocks and clumps.  img_6502  

Building our edible garden (Part 1 Construction)

There is something satisfying about honest hard work, as the phrase "bread labour" coined by Scott Nearing. This is an experiment to labour for our own food. thumbs_img_6030 thumbs_img_6153 thumbs_img_6150 thumbs_img_6255 thumbs_img_6228 thumbs_img_6157 thumbs_img_6109 thumbs_img_6111 thumbs_img_6098 thumbs_img_6093 thumbs_img_6037 thumbs_img_6066 Previous attempts at cultivating the garden failed, primarily due to lack of people caring for it. The first caretaker was good at it but he was temperamental. During his many down moments, the garden was neglected and became overgrown. Then it became too much work for him to reclaim the garden from nature. The second caretaker has a bad back and didn't like to bend! Now SC, the current caretaker, is young and eager to do manual work. img_6098 img_6106 img_6109 img_6110 img_6111 img_6167 img_6150 img_6157 img_6160 img_6228 img_6255 One mistake we made before was not preparing the soil, the land was packed full of rocks. Rather than digging into this rocky layer, I decided to build raised bed instead. Here is a great write up on the benefits of raised bed. http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/three-key-benefits-of-gardening-in-raised-beds/
  1. Constructing the raised bed
  2. Soil preparation
  3. Planting and caring