Planting Fruit Trees

Recently the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam, who are responsible for our monastery grounds, maintenance and food and vegetable growing, set out to plant a total of 83 fruit trees. They are planting mainly avocado trees. The avocado trees include many different varieties which all bloom at different times of year. In theory, this will provide us with fruiting avocados year-round. The planting also included citrus trees such as oranges and lemons, as well as sapote, peanut butter fruit trees and mangosteen. These trees will provide us with plenty of fruits for the monks and for temple offerings.

NRCS Visits Himalayan Acres

The NRCS had an inspection today at our land across the river that we call Himalayan Acres. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain and improve their natural resources. The Agency emphasizes voluntary, science-based conservation; technical assistance; partnerships; incentive-based programs; and cooperative problem solving at the community level.

Growing Trees

Across the river at Himalayan Acres, our recent hardwood plantings are growing steadily. As you may remember the whole monastery teamed up several months ago to get these little trees in the ground. They are mostly Koa trees, with Sandalwood interspersed among them. Because it can get rather windy here, each seedling has received a blue sleeve which will keep them protected. They also each have a square weed mat around them. This will ensure that they to not get overcome by the area's tenacious guinea grass.

Garden Day!

Yesterday was the Siddhidatta Kulam's weekly garden day. The team of monks joined together to sprout seeds, plant beds, add compost and other nutrients to the soil, weed, mulch and harvest today's lunch. Thanks to an orderly system of maintenance the garden needs to be worked on by the whole kulam just once a week in order to go on producing all the vegetables we need.

Guruthondu Day Tree Planting

Every quarter the monastery observes Guruthondu day. On this day the entire monastery gets together and pushes forward on a single project that the guru decides on. Yesterday morning, following their meditation, the monks geared up with their boots, water bottles, gloves and sunhats, then drove to Himalayan Acres across the river. We've been working hard to prepare many acres of land for hardwood planting, and yesterday a large part of that initiative moved ahead. Overall the monks planted 1,400 koa seedlings throughout one of our freshly tilled fields. We will also have some sandalwood trees planted intermittently throughout this field. One day these trees will be a whole forest of very special hardwoods. Jai Ganesha!

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