vanilla and coffee Fiji home garden
Food, garden

Planting Coffee and Vanilla

We ordered five coffee bushes and five vanilla plants from a nursery based in Colo-i-Suva, and they arrived this week. Our gardener planted them yesterday, and we're looking forward to watching them grow. I'm not sure how they'll fare in the soil in our yard, but it's certainly worth a try. This will be a… Continue reading Planting Coffee and Vanilla

Garden Buddha ATB
Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

papaya sapling Fiji
essay, garden

Life Lessons with: Papaya

I collected and dried out more papaya seeds for our gardener to plant several months ago, and the saplings are coming up. It's a wonder to see: a visual reminder of natural growth. This morning, I noticed one sapling in particular. Our gardener had moved it to a new location on my request. He told… Continue reading Life Lessons with: Papaya

Food, garden

Papaya Harvest

Our gardener planted papaya seeds that have grown into a tall and healthy tree in less than a year. The tree has begun to yield lots of fruit. So much fruit, in fact, that I can practically walk out every day and pick a papaya off the tree to eat. I look out daily for… Continue reading Papaya Harvest

basil in garden
Food, garden

Almond Pesto

The basil in our garden is growing tall and healthy. I snipped the tops off a few of the plants and used the leaves to make a homemade pesto. It has plenty of umami from the parmesan we picked up from Flavio's during our last trip to Nadi. (Flavio showed us how to make pappardelle… Continue reading Almond Pesto