Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dry Season Farm Strategies

I visited a friend's farm a few weeks ago. He was so ecstatic in inviting us because this is the first time he did a farm like this. There is a pond and above it are mango trees. He has been trying to incorporate his hobby researches in these undertakings. Despite the long travel of 5 hours from the city, i went there. I also slept for the night to give the driver some rest in between, and also to maximize our conversations. 
The pond is stocked with fish during the dry season, he intends to also put in shrimps during the rainy months. Water level is low now that is not suitable for the shrimps. But it is the shrimps that i love better. So i have to be back next time.

 These buoys helps the person in balancing himself during the feedings. It also serves as floaters for the aerators. Below at the background shows the aerator with the above buoy. Aerators disturbs the water to mix in oxygen. Otherwise, the pond residents will compete with oxygen that they might die of suffocation if the water is not mixed like these.

 This is another type of aerator while in full operation. It paddles water in circular fashion to mix in air in the water. Have you heard of fishes that died of drowning? It seems funny at first, but it happens in overly populated ponds. During extreme heat of environment, fishes compete for air and they drown when not properly helped to breath.

  The aerator equipment at rest.

 The sunset shot on the pond, with a shaggy chick appreciating the sunset too.

The mango trees are also laden with fruits, my friend was able to induce off-season fruiting with his concoction of strategies, organically, without use of chemicals. I was given a basketfull of the harvest to bring home. And that is on top of unusually lengthy conversations that binges on any topic under the sun! 

17 comments:

  1. A very nice pond! Love the sunset with the chick photo.. Have a happy day!

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  2. That's a nice farm and reminds me of my parents farm too!

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  3. Lovely.....I bet, tho a lot of work, the farming is filled with 'fruits' from all the labors involved!!

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  4. The paddle aerators are neat contraptions! A lovely sunset.

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  5. Interesting!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

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  6. very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  7. Great pictures!!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  8. Interesting post this week.
    JM Illinois

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  9. What a wonderful place. I know your friend is happy with the results. I can understand why you spent so much time there--it's just beautiful.

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  10. That is a lovely setting to be able to look at all the time.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  11. I'm very impressed with the aerators your friend uses in his pond. The sunset photo is beautiful, and those mangoes look good as well.

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  12. i dream of having a farm just like this one. i dream of phil mangoes. nothing beats them.

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  13. What a great farm... Glad you got to see it... I am impressed with the aerators the man uses...Wow--what a neat idea.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Interesting technique to keep the water aerated. Your friend's farm sounds like a lovely place. I bet the fresh mangoes taste great.

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  15. It is nice to combine hobbies with work. We really should get some kind of aeration for our pond... Lovely to see you in NN Andrea... Michelle

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  16. Would love to do something like this... really envy your friend...

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  17. What a fascinating posts and how wonderful to have mango trees too!!

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