Trees of Medellin, Colombia, on our farm

in Amazing Nature4 months ago (edited)

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Living on a farm in Colombia entails some work and planning. The first step is surveying the land: seeing what’s already there, what is in need of cultivation and what we can add.


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The aloe plant above, for example, is in need of tending to (& putting to good, medicinal use). Likewise, the adjacent turmeric roots planted in an adjacent wheelbarrow.

My wife and I are still figuring out, where and how to plant a vegetable garden 🪴


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Plantains are a big part of Colombian cuisine & this fruit, the cousin of the banana, grown well, here.

My wife is more business-minded than I am, and we’re exploring micro businesses — such as planting palm trees 🌴 ($5 to start with and can be sold for $70, just months, later).


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Speaking of palm trees, this one with the giant silver fans is a real showstopper & our plan is to grown more like this extravagant beauty.


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Even, up close, it’s remarkable ; with a velvety feel


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Fruit trees grow well on this soil & in this climate, such as the orange tree, in the cover picture, as well as this pretty mango tree🥭


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Many decisions remain to be made, re: what is planted and where, which require consultation with specialists.


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Meantime, this morning, I helped out with weeding and was marveling at the large birds circling overhead. Here are a couple of vultures that landed nearby:


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Ringed by cloud-capped mountains, it’s hard not to look up, in wonder. In the upcoming days and weeks, I need to work on keep my eyes on the ground and rolling up my sleeves.