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Old 02-12-2008, 05:19 PM   #61 (permalink)
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No, Benny it's not quite one of the islands. Just the southernmost area of Luzon (well, I guess it's still an island). It's in Naga City, Camarines Sur. The closest beaches around have black sand, unfortunately. But just so as not to be off-topic, the roads to the beaches from the city are lined with all kinds of bananas. At least 50% of them are Saba and Sabang-Dikit(Praying hands). This is because the Saba has greater commercial use for small land owners. As you may know, Saba is used to make banana-que and chips. Also, in Bicol the have a dish called "linupak", a combination of mashed green Saba, 3/4 ripe coconut, and brown sugar or panocha. The appearance is like poi, only a lot more sticky and firm. So, you're wearing dentures - beware!

If you really want paper white sands, they are in the Batanes Islands, way up north of Luzon.

An interesting thing about "linupak" is that the boiled banana pulp is is mashed in a mortar and pestle made of wood. The same one used for pounding on dried out rice to remove the hull. Wow! That's another whole lot of stories there from when I was a kid.
Thanks for correcting me. I did not know that. And yes, I think I tasted linupac before but in one of the islands I went to. Cagayan de Oro.
And also I smiled when you mentioned the one ingredient of linupak.

I am going to get more compost today because I think the mix needs more of it.
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:37 PM   #62 (permalink)
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I got a truckload of compost the other day and yesterday, I planted the following bananas and citrus in my plat using the 4:1:1: ratio of compost, 1/4" rocks, and small bark chips with shovelful of horse manure, sand and native soil which is clay.
Lady Finger
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California Gold
2 seedless kishu trees
clemenule from Spain
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You won't see some of the bananas because of the angle and I am protecting the area with clear plastic for a few days and also cover the individual plants with plastic pots or Christmas lights.
And most of the bananas are small and have brown leaves. I am hoping that when the weather changes they will take off.
Tomorrow I will plant one more banana : dwarf orinoco.
The closest one the one that is green and healthy is a California gold.
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Forgive my cluelessness, but what is that white stuff in the bottom of the plant in the front? Some type of fert? Nice pic btw.
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Old 02-20-2008, 03:08 AM   #64 (permalink)
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Oh, that?
Those are egg shells. I usually break them with tool for mashing potatoes but I did not for that time.
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Eggshells? Would those be good for nanners too? I'm clueless when it comes to ferts, I'm really just learning alot. When I used to grow my tomatoes and whatnot, I just kinda bought the tomato fertilizer, and just use it, and I always had luck with whatever I've chosen to grow. But reading about how you can change the chemical composition of soils and mulches with certain things is very interesting. I think your project is awesome really. Despite the time of year, your plants look really happy. And that in itself is really great! I can tell that you put a lot love, time, and painstaking thought into that project for your bananas and citrus. I really can't wait till summer to see how green it looks under there!
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Egg shells is just my idea putting them on top of the soil. I usually mix them with my compost but I've seen them used by wives on their orchids and their orchids look gorgeous. They hang them around their orchids wherever they can find a place to hang to. It is not a fertilizer per se but an amendment to the soil to raise the pH.
I thought I'd mix them with the soil but I never got around to it.
Another thing I add on top of the soil is coffee grounds. I dump the used coffee grounds on top of the pots of my favorite plants. And fish washings also.
It is just me. Some people may say yukkke on my method but that's just me.
People also asked me some of my pots have protruding white 1" PVC on the side of the pot. Those are to aid aeration at the bottom of the pot.
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I was inspecting my bananas in pots to look for dwarf orinoco and I found a (double) mahoi that is begging me to pick her up. She was also showing her beauty and charm and her new pup. I could not resist but plant her instead of dwarf orinoco that I planned to plant in my plat. I looked at my notes that it will only put out two separate heads of fruit the second year ONLY if planted on the ground .
And the height is perfect. It will flower at 6 feet high. I have an 11 foot ceiling.



correction: I named my citrus clemenule but it is actually seedless kishu.
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Here's more pics of my plants








2/21/08



Correction: On the picture it is not dwarf cavendish but dwarf orinoco. That's the one I originally would plant but (double) Mahoi won.
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More pics 'My other Bananas' 2/21/08

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Hey, Richard: Is that what you mean I'm totally a banana nut?
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2/25/08
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Latest progress in my pergola plat
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Thanks Micro.

Here's how my pergola plat looks on 3 11 08

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My other bananas planted in wine barrels with the exception of gran nain. It is planted on the ground

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What a nice jungle that's going to be. I love wooden walkways, wooden everything! I think you need a nice big set of bamboo windchimes now!
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looking great. you have done a huge amount of work. good job.
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