The rainy season brings a daily reprieve from the heat but also the abundance of water helps our garden grow with minimal care. Right now we are in the dry season, but with a little effort of hauling hoses and water, which is pumped from our ponds, everyday, we can now successfully grow food year round.
Because our grounds are quite large, we have a few areas slotted for garden produce. Off of our kitchen, we have a great shaded area for herbs and some vegetables. (Our little ones were acting as tour guides).
Our biggest garden near our back gate is in full sun and works great for growing “tra kuon” (or water spinach). These greens are usually seen growing in water, but there is a soil version as well.
In the big garden we also have cucumbers,
and long rows of string beans.
Of course no proper Khmer garden would be complete without chili peppers.
In our covered garden, we rotate produce and currently we have cauliflower,
and delicious leafy greens (I think these are mustard greens) which easily sprout in our smaller containers before being transferred.
The produce is one way we are becoming a little more sustainable. Our cooks turn this produce into healthy meals although, the kids are allowed to pick what they want (in moderation) and eat right off the vine, or use in their own cooking.
The string beans are the #1 choice for hungry guides because, you see, we are growing children here as well!
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