starfuit and papaya Fiji garden
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Starfruit and Papaya Harvest

There is a starfruit tree at the front edge of our yard. We've noticed Fijians stop and pick fruit from the tree from time to time, but we've never paid much attention to the tree before because it doesn't seem to produce significant yield. But over the weekend, we saw a bunch of ripe fruit… Continue reading Starfruit and Papaya Harvest

papaya sapling Fiji
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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

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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

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Growing Papaya

Our gardener planted some papaya seeds, and I'm amazed at how quickly a tree has grown from them. It's already about 7 ft. tall after less than half a year. The process is so simple: When you eat a papaya, scoop the black seeds out, give them time to dry, them plant them in the… Continue reading Growing Papaya