The plan for my weekend farm

My weekend farm will be simple.

It will be a weekend retreat for me to enjoy nature.

It will also be a place where I can share this experience.

I drew a rough diagram of how I initially intend to build and improve the area below.

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Marking the boundaries of the property is essential to stake my claim of the land and whatever it produces. I will mimic how the local farmers mark their boundaries by planting a specific type of bush with purple red leaves called sarrassa. Other than planting sarrassa, I want to plant small trees such as lanzones, langka, rambutan, kamuning, and dracaena as part of my green fence.

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These are some of the trees I want to plant for the green fence. Other than seasonal fruits I want to use these to attach other live plants to make seasons more interesting.

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(Photo from www.mypalhs.com) This is a green fence in the Philippines full of Dendrobium anosmum and Phalaenopsis schilleriana. This is probably the closest we can get to having a cherry blossom tree in the tropics.

The lot has a very auspicious shape according to Chinese feng-shui. A good portion of the lot, the first 2/3 from the front, is very flat. It reaches a gentle upward slope at around 1/3 from the back of the lot.

I plan to devote the flat portion for planting beds. This area receives full sun which is perfect for most vegetable and annual crops. I would love to plant different types of tomatoes and chili peppers here! I also look forward to sharing and inviting people to plant on their own beds as well.

On top of the hill, just above the slope, I intend to build my dream bamboo hut. My inspiration and peg for the bamboo hut comes from a house a saw in Bali (via Google). I love the open design of the second floor and its simple, clean yet modern over-all look.

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The first bamboo house that appeared when I googled, and the only one that I truly like after googling a lot more! This is a house completely made of bamboo located in the hilly region of Bali! I forgot which site I first found it but I got these images from www.houzz.com

It may take a bit of time and saving-up for me to reach what I plan to do. I will definitely end-up planting bit-by-bit. I might also end-up building a cheaper shelter in the immediate future. This just makes things more exciting!

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