Malaysia No Dig Gardener
by Annie Low
(Kuala Lumpur Malaysia)
No pun intended but here "no dig" means no idea, lol. I have been reading a lot on Mulching, manure, straw hay etc and am wondering if I could use sawdust instead, Paddy straw and or coco peat (coco fibre) I now know and read that I can and that's step in the right direction.
I have rented a piece of land from a chap who has a detached house with a large garden and two puppies who poop everywhere. Like a tourist in Paris, I cannot look at the buildings, but the ground in case I step on dog poo. I've asked him to fence up the space I am renting as I cannot tell him to pick up after his dogs now can I?
I've just gotten to know a Padi (paddy) farmer who sells bales of rice straw in one ton bales! Good Lord, imagine that amount? I can cover the gardens and the house with that much straw. I kept the shock out of my voice as I asked him sheepishly if I could have 50Kg of straw instead. I felt like the pig who wanted to build his house. There was a long silence, then he said, ok. I wanted to hug him, thank goodness he was infront of me otherwise I would have been in a lot of trouble with the religous department. Woman don't go around huging Muslim men no matter how grateful one can be. Rice farmers are normally Muslim, you see.
Cow manure is a breeze to get, worm castings too plus worms if you take the time to travel 60 miles to the source. Planks to build planters can be rather cheap, since I don't want to leave my husband out or make him feel unwanted, I'll get him to do the boxes. Hehe, did I mention I am a smart lady?
I will keep you posted about my "progress" and hope to be selling extra vegetables outside the property and make money for the rental of the place. BTW I am from Malaysia, yes yes I know,you ask "where the heck is that?" Its below Thailand and above Singapore. The penny drops?
Jumpa lagi (meet again)