More trees planted

Weather has been bringing rain; perfect time to plant some trees!

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Trunk full of things to plant!

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6 pieces of “Barako” liberica coffee seedlings and 2 saplings of arabica coffee

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A dwarf “Betel Nut” Areca palm planted along the fence

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First grafted rambutan seedling, planted under a coconut tree

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The second grafted Rambutan seedling was planted at the front border in between the Heliconias

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The third grafted Rambutan seedling was planted at the fruit forest which I’m building at the back-portion of the lot.

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This is a Chico tree planted at the fruit forest. Chico is one of my favorite fruits!

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An Arabica coffee seedling planted along the fence

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My second arabica coffee seedling joins the mix in the fruit forest

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A four-foot tall Marang tree planted in the fruit forest. It’s fruit tastes like a cross of Custard Apple, Guyabano, Jackfruit and a little Durian!

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to the left is my friend from Brazil, an Açaí palm tree, growing to its right is a cacao tree (Trinitario variety from Davao) planted a few months ago

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A row of “Barako” liberica coffee seedling planted in the front portion of the plot

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A lone “Barako” liberica coffee seedling adds diversity to the fruit forest

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This grafted Cacao tree (Trinitario variety from Davao) was planted a few months ago. It is being eaten-up by termites.

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View from the hill where my fruit forest stands. This was taken at around 6pm

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My neighbor, Mang Joel, gave me a live chicken! He told me to eat it!

Coffee harvest for a small batch

Over the past few months, I have seen my coffee trees in bloom. Its flowers are very sweet smelling; like jasmine.

This time, I noticed three trees laden with ripe coffee beans!

Lucky I brought with me a small tub. I used this to contain the beans that I picked.

My method of harvesting was not delicate, I simply held to a bunch then brushed down along the branch to scrape the beans away. At times, a few branches were dismembered from the tree especially when the branch was packed with ripe fruit. It would have been more convenient if I had a tarp or some giant cloth placed under the tree so that the fruit which would fall off my hands can be collected; nonetheless, I was still able to get a substantial amount of beans.

The tub of coffee beans smelled of grass and earth; the smell of my weekend farm! It smelled like the sap of wild growth whenever I slashed them to clear an area or whenever I stepped on them! It smelled like the fresh earth whenever I dig a hole to plant a new tree!

I was so excited to start a coffee project but I just have a vague idea of what to do. I brought the beans back to the city to dry them out under then sun.

When the beans are completely dry, these need to be peeled or de-husked to get the coffee kernel. After which, the coffee kernels will be roasted; perhaps in a pan over a stove since I do not have roasting equipment. After roasting, these will be placed inside a food processor for grinding. After grinding the beans, I plan to place them in small pouches to give away to a few friends.

I hope this works. I’m really looking forward to sharing this!

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a blooming coffee tree!

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Ripe fruit on a coffee branch

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another coffee branch with fruit that is more red in color

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Close up of a coffee bean bunch.

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my tub of coffee beans, my method of harvesting was very crude. Notice how the beans come in different colors. I wasn’t so delicate in selecting the ripest fruit, I just yanked the beans from the branches

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every morning the beans are laid out in the sun to dry. This is just a fraction of the amount from my total harvest in the tub.

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on its third day of drying, the husks of the beans are now darker in color….now, to worry about how to peel these :))

 

What’s growing on the coffee trees?

During the last visit, I checked on the plants that I attached on the coffee trees.

Weeks prior this visit, I planted more than thirty seedlings of Vanda sanderiana, also known as Waling-waling which Joy gave to me. I checked them and they all seemed to be doing fine; there was no sign of dehydration, but no sign of new roots and leaves yet. The leaves turned into a reddish color, perhaps this was caused by the strong light and the cool weather.

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notice the reddish brownish hue on the leaves

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another waling-waling seedling which looks more red

 

Weeks prior planting the Waling-waling seedlings, I attached some Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants. All of them grew thick roots attaching themselves to the branches. Most of them are developing spikes which will show flowers soon! Since plants are not yet well established, it’s very possible that they won’t produce a lot of flowers. I want to plant more of these, so next year the coffee trees will look like cherry blossom trees.

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notice the thick roots on the branch, the roots look like slugs

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around 10 of these plants will be flowering soon

Apart from checking the things I planted, I added a few more species!

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These are Bulbophyllum lobbii from Palawan, these shrunk in QC so I transferred them here

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This is an Aerides quinquevulnera var. purpurata from Mindoro

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This is a Phalaenopsis amabilis from Palawan

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These are Phalaenopsis aphrodite from Quezon (two plants have redder leaves while the 2 have green leaves) Those plants growing in baskets are Phalaenopsis bellina from Malaysia

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This is a coffee tree filled with Dendrobium anosmum

Waling-Waling or Vanda Sanderiana seedlings from a flask

The waling-waling or Vanda sanderiana seedlings made its new home to 6 coffee trees in the farm lot!

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This is the bottle of waling-waling or Vanda sanderiana seedlings which Joy gave me.

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I smashed the bottle to get the plants inside. After that I cleaned each seedling then placed them inside a lock-and-lock. I left them inside the container for a few days. When I brought them out in the farm (photo above) I noticed that the roots became less translucent and more gray in color.

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one of the larger Vanda sanderiana seedling in the bunch

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This mass of roots seem to have more immature seedlings sprouting out from it.

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This is Coffee Tree number 1 where I planted around 5 “Waling-waling seedlings”

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This is Coffee tree number 2 where I planted 5 more “waling-waling seedlings”

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Coffee Tree number 3 is also beside coffee tree 1 and 2. I attached 5 more “Vanda sanderiana seedlings”

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This is Coffee tree number 4. This one had 7 “waling-waling seedlings” attached to it.

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Coffee tree number 5 had a lot of moss. This one had 6 “Vanda sanderiana seedlings” attached to it

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This is Coffee tree number 6. It already has different species of orchids, but I placed 3 waling-waling seedlings here.

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This is the seedling clump with a lot of immature sprouts. I attached this to Coffee tree number 3.

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A fairly big Vanda sanderiana seedling on Coffee tree number 5

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The smallest seedling attached at a mossy branch of Coffee tree number 5.