OBSERVATIONS. Identifying trees through their leaves is easy enough if you have someone around who can readily tell you what leaf is which tree; once you get the correct information, then it’s just a matter of taking note and remembering details like: the shape of the leaf, the texture/sheen/gloss, the venation (although this can sometimes look all the same for all leaves, to be honest), and less obvious things like: the color of the stem (the durian tree’s brown stem is hard to miss) and the way the leaves grow out of the tree’s branches.
FOREST NOTES. These leaves are from seedlings and grafted tree-lings that we got from the nursery last week. I will be illustrating the rest in coming strips. We got two of each tree that we are hoping to grow in our forest garden. Good luck to us!
WORM NOTES. The worms are finally thriving. At least I’d like to think so. I added some coco peat (which I got from the local hardware store — it has a gardening section). It’s funny how maintaining a worm bin seems easy and simple enough when you watch youtube videos or read books and blogs about it, but until you actually get your hands dirty, everything remains a concept in your head. A concept that does not always readily translate to actual practice. In every tutorial that I watched and read, making sure that the worms have enough oxygen is stressed as fundamental to successfully setting up a bin. I knew this going into this endeavor, but it wasn’t until I added the coco peat that I truly understood what aerating the worm bedding means. Next thing I know I should add is grit (read: pulverized eggshells), so I’ve been asking family members to save their eggshells for me.
It’s only been eight days since I started the worm bin, but it already feels much longer than that. So much so that the workers at the Blue House (where I keep my worms), I’ve discovered today through my mom-in-law, actually refer to me as the “babaeing nagpapakain ng bulate” (“the girl who feeds the worms”). Highlight of my day (maybe my week! hah!).