New beginnings, new gardens

So I started my new project which was a garden. My parents have planted kaukau, tapioca, bananas and pineapples all over the place. There are some gardens here and some gardens there. So I decided that I should do mine as well and contribute to the household as well.

There is this mountainous area beside the house. It is very steep but it would be a great place to plant something. I first started by cutting the shrubs at the edge of the mountain and then into the smaller trees. Although this mountain looks like a forest, it isn’t. In 1997 during the El Nino season, fire raged through much of the forests here. I used to live on the coast and during evenings, we would look up to the mountains and see fires on the mountain tops. In the distant, the looked like fiery orange embers like eyes of something malevolent lurking, waiting for an opportunity to strike. The fires burnt through the old trees and now, new ones have grown. Most are softwood so it was easy to chop down using an axe.

After chopping down the shrubs and trees, we left them for a while to dry up. After a couple of days, when some of the shrubs and leaves were dry, we burnt them. As the place cleared up, I began cutting the fallen trees to clear the place. The idea is that once we clear the placed the place and removed the debris, we can start planting something.

Chopping the small tress after burning some of the shrubs
Dad already surveying the area….maybe thinking about placing his new pandrol…hehehe
So we filled the bag with pineapple heads….
…..and now planting some of the pineapple heads in the ground.
Standing where the garden is and looking back to the house. Its not even far at all

My father has already decided that one part of the mountain should form a road from the top of the mountain down to the bottom of the mountain. I don’t know what he is up to but there is no use arguing with an old man. He has already planted pineapples to mark his road. I’m doing my bit to clear the fallen trees and shrubs and hopefully start planting some banana trees. Hopefully when my kids come for the holiday break, they will have some kaukau and pineapples by then.

I will keep up updated on my progress.