Fruits, vegetables, and a slice of the family farm

It has been gray and wet the past days, just like a nice summer day in London. A passing storm intensifies the monsoon and the sun has not appeared for awhile. The plants at our family farm do not seem to mind. At least, the ones that were not bowled over by the winds.

The corn seems to be doing well despite some damaged patches . I imagine there will be a harvest in a couple of months. It is nice to see this crop thrive here. We tried to grow them last year on the tiny house plot but the rain decimated them all.

We also have lots of chili, green and red, a promise of delicious things to come, plus the start of cucumbers and green leafy vegetables. Surprisingly, there are still tomatoes, probably the last of the season.

And lemons! This is our first time planting these and the trees we have are so generous. It cannot even support itself from all the fruits! We were told the variety will remain green until they ripen. I honestly don’t know how to tell when they are ready.

Finally, we have cotton fruit. Locally, it is known as santol. Have you ever heard of it? We have several old trees and the ground is carpeted with its yellow, fragrant, and citrusy fruits. We have so much more than we could possibly hope to eat and do not know enough people that can take the crates.

Nature is awesome.

36 thoughts on “Fruits, vegetables, and a slice of the family farm

  1. Looks like a scene from LOST.
    I can smell the damp greenery… I miss being in places like that… It rained quite heavily in the past days so parks and gardens may have that kind of feel… but it’s not worth risking an asthma attack since it’s also consistently been sandstorming right after…
    Nangasim ako sa santol.


    1. Our coastal areas are flooded from recent heavy rains. So sad. That is the last thing the locals need. And how is your asthma? Is KSA as dusty as Abu Dhabi? Because I honestly do not know how people survive that every day.

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  2. We’ve had lots of rain here too – probably the same storm systems making its way to both our homes!
    Thank you for the peek at your gardens – so much growing!
    I’ve never had santol – I read that it’s similar to mangosteen (which I love!).


    1. Oh, I also enjoy mangosteen but it does not grow in our region. You are lucky if it is more accessible there. How are the rains there? It got really bad here. Floods and all that.


  3. First of all, London is not always dull and rainy! 🤣 Mind you, the way the climate is going the weather everywhere is becoming more extreme! I don’t live in London anymore but live now in Northern Ireland and almost every day this week we have had a new temperature record broken. In Armagh (the ancient capital of Ireland) yesterday it was 31.4c! Too hot for me; can’t even sit outside in the shade.
    Your farm looks lush as it should with all that rain! This year I haven’t been growing much except salad crops (lettuce, radish) and even they are struggling with the recent temperatures.
    I also sent a message via your contact page. 💐💐🙋‍♂️


    1. Hahahaha. Yes, I agree, extreme climate everywhere. As you melt in Northern Ireland, we have seen really bad floods the past weeks. Sigh. And thank you, will get to your email. I flew the day after this comment and it got busy.

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      1. You can buy seed garlic. It’s basically a garlic bulb that you split into cloves and then plant the individual cloves. It grew okay but the bulbs are very small. I’m letting it cure right now so I have no idea how it will taste – but it smells good!


    1. It is supposed to be sweet but some are sour, of course. Citrusy. The texture is interesting. Fleshy and it pulls, like cotton. Most of the fun is around the seeds. I have seen it made into jam and some add it to stews.


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