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Vansutha farm Update Saturday

First published 5 March 2022

Yuan and Lud have been up since 3:00 seeding the new rows and then moving onto weeding and securing the last two rows of long beans. Gaun was off fishing for breakfast.

You are familiar with this field by now. Twelve rows planted to seed.

All the usual suspects. Coriander, lettuce and celery. Nothing exotic, because who is going to buy it?

Yuan in the far distance working on the long beans.

Lud securing them to the trellis using homemade bamboo ties.

You can see the amount of weed that grows. The black plastic localises the areas that need attention.

Yuan weeding. Note the bamboo ties in her rear pocket.

And then adding a tie to the runners. With 400 individual holes, this is a time-consuming task.

The start of the same problem they had last season. They are going to consult the local agricultural expert to see what can be done. Ideas anyone?

I had a friend send me this information:

Leaf roll is in most cases a temporary condition, which appears to star on the older leaves first. Excessive soil moisture causes it. When the soil dries out, the leaves unroll. The condition does not normally have a long-term effect on the plant growth and production. If the foliage of the beans look discoloured, puckered, or distorted, not just curled, it could be symptoms of a virus disease or damage from herbicide drift. There is no cure for virus infected plants, but you can reduce problems by controlling insects such as aphids and leafhoppers that can spread the virus from plant to plant as they feed. If you spray herbicides in another part of the garden, be sure to apply on a calm day to minimize drift.

You get an idea of the scope of this job here......

.....and here. The patience of a farmer.

This is Bear's long beans. Yuan tells me that the variety she has produces better looking and more leaves, but less beans. Yuan always goes for quantity output because she has the baht return in mind.

More of Bear's crops. You can see where the lettuce I showed you yesterday came from.

Gaun coming to fish at Bear and Tham's pond.

I'll throw this one in because I just love Gaun's multi-personality from farmer/fishing to something like this.

The small fish loved the lettuce and took the bait almost straight away.

A photo taken because I loved the refections.

These fish weren't interested in sticky rice bait but immediately attacked the lettuce! It's not a sophisticated fishing scenario is it. A look of pure joy for an Isaan person - free food.

The result. The small size is no problem because they are going to be made into a soup for breakfast and beyond. That piece of root is galangal.

The pleasure of collecting everything need for this dish from the farm. Lemongrass, tomatoes, chillies, galangal and holy (krapow) basil. Gaun tells me that if you want the soup to be more sour you add sour tamarind instead of the tomatoes.

Picking the krapow. It is this naturalness that we all love about Isaan rural life I am sure.

My coffee spot this morning.

We are blessed with lots of shade around the farmhouse. With temperatures heading into the high 30s today, shade is king. Yuan and Lud will be knocking off soon, and resting in their hammocks over the hottest part of the day.

What looks like a patch of weeds in the bottom left, is in fact the last of the garlic. It has taken a while, but all of it has just about been sold.

Apart from this, which is now dried and ready to be bundled and hung in the farm storeroom for the next planting.

Adding to the gray, hazy sky. Sugar being burnt. Grrrrr.

Thanks for reading.



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