In our steady march along the path of self-sufficiency and natural abundance, one oft overlooked but prolific plant is the humble papaya tree. These wonderful fruit trees give plenty of fruits in our climate, but they don't have very long lifespans, living at most four or five years. This requires an ever-repeating propagation of them. Recently the monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been placing the seedlings in larger pots, out in the direct sunlight next to the monastery kitchen. This round of little trees is doing quite well and are immensely enjoying our recent dry and sunny weather. As it turns out Papayas are quite a healthful fruit, being high in vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, digestive enzymes and more, all the while being very low in sugars.
In another wonderful report from our world of vegetables, we've recently harvested some of our first crop of what is officially our longest gourds. These green-snake gourds are a type of Calabash gourd which are typically grown on trellises, and which can grow as tall as a person. Just one of these could make a decently sized curry! Aum.
This month we've seen some new structures appear in our main vegetable garden. As of today, two of our four new high-tunnel greenhouses are nearing completion. These structures were a recent boon for our garden team. We received funding from the state for these structures as part of a program, created because "encouraging greenhouses reduces the destruction of wetlands for farming." These four greenhouses will cover most of the garden's raised planting beds and will allow us even more real estate for which to grow vegetables that are a little too delicate for our Hawaiian environment.
Today we're reminded again of the fruitful plenty that comes from our Aadheenam gardens. Our monks recently harvested a large crop of big, bright green napa cabbage. Also in our garden we've been harvesting and replanting sweet potatoes--a purple variety with wonderful flavor. Several days ago we witnessed a rare event, our bee hive had become over-populated! So, our bees were found preparing themselves to swarm. For a full day, half the hive flew as a group over the monastery searching out their new home. And in other news, we've been continuing the soda-blasting of Iraivan Temple's sanctum. Over time the walls gain a stain from our red, volcanic dust. The soda blaster quickly removes what would have taken months to remove by chisel. Aum.
As you'll recall from earlier posts, while Aditya and Jnanideva were at the aadheenam, they did some extensive work on a nutrient storage shed for our greenhouses. They brought the project most of the way, and after returning home, the monks of the siddhidatta kulam and our current taskforcers helped bring the project to completion. Aum.
The end of the summer and beginning of fall is a incredible time if abundance in tropical fruits, as we have shown you before. Here is more!
It is the fall season, and there more fruit on the property than we can possible it, Rambutan, Longan, Dragon fruit and Durian....
These past few days we've seen the roofing material for the new greenhouse placed over the top of the building. The monks of the Siddhidatta kulam have been working tirelessly to bring this important step into fruition. Aum Namah Sivaya
The Siddhidata Kulam has for years cultivated the best papaya from seed. Here is Yogi Adinatha with a ten-pound papaya! Yes, we weighed it. Ten Pounds!
With some recent clear weather our monks of the Siddhidatta Kulam have been making good progress on the new greenhouse. They've nearly finished putting up the siding on the two larger walls and are seen here fastening the siding down. This greenhouse, unlike our initial one is rated to withstand high winds.
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