A small idea grows into a big dream

May 13, 2015

Sometimes a small idea can grow into a big dream very quickly. Bira is like this. Here’s just one example:

I have been growing some seeds in a little pot thinking I could have a garden. By ‘garden’ I was thinking a small box containing a few wilted plants which, to be honest, I had imagined would get eaten by the cows or the monkeys before they grew more than a few leaves, and that would be the end of it.

But at 8 o’clock last night when a second load of soil arrived on a pickup truck I realised 2 things: First, when you agree on time here, you are agreeing on a very rough window of time, not a specific hour. (The soil was meant to come at 3pm the following day.) Second, this small garden box idea has grown into a big green dream. Very quickly!

We fenced off an area of about 15 x 5 meters. After checking the phase of the moon for the best planting time we put basil, parsley, Coeur de boeuf tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, radishes and ginger into the ground. I had a tamarillo juice and now the seeds from one the fruits are growing in the nursery. Today we are finishing off the fence to try and keep out the cows and the monkeys. And also protect it from the puppy, who was sat triumphantly on top of the tomatoes this morning (not cute!). Eventually there will even be a small place under the overhanging tree with a table and chair to sit and day-dream by.

I’m sure there are going to be a few mistakes along the way as we learn what foods we can grow here in Bira – I will keep you updated! But I’m also sure there will be plenty of triumphs too. Maybe next time you order Cap Cay from Warung Ballalla (that’s the camps new restaurant by the way) you could be eating entire plate of food grown right here at Bira Dive Camp!

Best wishes,
Jess