Many Hands Make Heavy Work

Bananas Galore

 

Need I say more? We have distributed about half the hands and the rest will be distributed over the next few days. Some people tattooed their names on the bananas!

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Every Cloud has a Green Lining

For the last year and a half, our neighbours have been rebuilding their house. They razed their old house to the ground and built a mansion in its place! We have been suffering from noise, dust and traffic jams because of all the construction vehicles.

Our neighbours decided to build a lap pool along their wall that adjoins us. They asked Mummy very nicely if we would consider chopping down our lovely bamboos that grew along that side of our house. Bamboo leaves are fatal for swimming pool filters!

Mummy is a firm believer in being a good neighbour so she agreed with a heavy heart (she is very fond of bamboo, you see). Our neighbours tried to make it up to her by building 6 sets of 2.1m trellises along that wall and we have started our new climbing vegetable garden!

Here are the bittergourds. Daddy took the photo but strangely managed to avoid getting many of the bittergourds in the photo. If you look hard you can see 3. Actually we have about 8 and have harvested one already. Look at the number of flowers we have!

Lush!

Here are the long beans. Remember our bananas had a signal banana? Well our long beans followed their example. Here is the signal bean which I yanked off before school this morning. I am holding it down by my shoes so you can’t see my face. Daddy says privacy is privacy. Hmmmm ignore my tummy!

Me and My Bean

And here is the trellis for the long beans. Don’t the plants look healthy?

Lusher

Bano!nas

Third bunch from the grandchild sucker.

Weight of Expectation

 

One hand has been promised to Aunty Jin for her birthday. She wrote her name in black marker on the largest hand. (I don’t think she was being greedy, I think it was the top hand and the easiest to write on.)

Hand in Hand

 

 

 

Bored with Bananas

Are you getting bored by my banana stories? Actually I am a bit bored with gardening, but Aunty GL who came for dinner last night with her family told me she misses my blogs. So here I am again, with my bananas, like a bad smell. 

Here are some photos of our banana plantation.

Short and leafy bananas:

Short and Leafy

Here’s a clearer view, because the photo above looks awfully crowded. Just tilt your head to the right a little, and you”ll have a better view:

Tilt your head

Now we also have some banana plants in a pot – they are very slow to fruit but never mind! I don’t eat bananas anyway.

Slim and Tall

I’ll let you know when the spade leaves appear!

 

 

 

 

Right Angled Banana

We have been having terrible weather here in Singapore. It has been very hot and muggy. Our helper is always rushing outside to bring in the clothes because storm clouds loom – the moment she brings them in, the sky turns blue again!

All this hot weather is doing terrible things to our plants. Our banana plant started to lean over to one side so Mummy tied it to the fence with gardening tape.Unfortunately our bananas are fed very well, so the weight of the bunch dragged the plant down at right angles! Our neighbour’s contractors had to be summoned urgently to help – they lifted the bent bit up gently and Mummy and our helper bandaged it to the fence, see? Now the plant looks like it has a plaster cast around the stem, but actually it is a towel-cast and a Daiso-tablecloth-cast.

Banana Plant in Cast

Then to make sure there was more support, our helper stuck a pole against the towel-cast.

Stick it up!

I don’t think that will help at all because the pole is very narrow, but maybe this is what people do in Myanmar. In Singapore most people use 2 poles and make an X and the plant rests on the X. I think I should speak to Godma’s husband who is an expert on casts. Maybe he can help with our next banana plant.

 

45-Day Bananas

I just blogged about bananas and about how there are supposed to be 2 types, 45-day and 60-day bananas. My wonderful dentist’s husband gave me some 45-day banana suckers so I wouldn’t have to wait so long. We popped them in pots. Now they are tall and slim but have shown no signs of fruiting:
45 days my foot

Now I will do some math. If my 60-day bananas take 90 days to from Bell to Harvest, then my 45-day bananas will take 67.5 days. Do you think this means I have to harvest it very late at night?