TanniaXanthosoma is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. The genus is native to tropical America but widely cultivated and naturalized in other tropical regions. Several are grown for their starchy corms, an important food staple of tropical regions, known variously as malanga, otoy, otoe, cocoyam (or new cocoyam), tannia, tannier, yautía, macabo, ocumo, macal, taioba, dasheen, quequisque, ʻape and (in Papua New Guinea) as Singapore taro (taro kongkong). (Source: Wikipedia)

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Growing coffee

When we bought the land, we found out that we have about 15 coffee bushes. About 5 of them are under a big tree. See the picture of my father at the base of the tree. Those in the shade of the tree give a lot of berries (both red and yellow). You can see […]


My experience with bananas in Thailand

Just wanted to share my experience with bananas in Thailand. They are about the easiest to grow. The example that I write here about is having them in my garden outside of Bangkok. As you can see, there are a lot. Last time 4 of these trees are ready at the same time. There is […]


New mulberry trees ready to move to the land

Growing some new mulberry trees in Bangkok in my garden. Just from sticks that I cut of from a bigger tree. They always do well. I think this tree is one of the easiest trees to multiply. (actually have done it many times before so we already have many trees on our land.) Just waiting […]


testing the Scythe

Last time I went to Holland I bought 2 blades of a scythe. I just put them in the suitcase. No problem. I think though it would give a little of an issue if you would put it in your hand luggage. Anyway, in Holland the are rather easy to get but I have never seen […]


Mango time in Thailand

The Mango tree in the garden in Bangkok is doing well again. We planted the tree about 10 years ago and only since the last 4 years is actually give mangoes. But it is doing that very well. Once and a while (maybe once a month) we give it some fertilizer that we made ourselves. […]


Harvesting bananas

One of my banana trees, the bananas were ready to harvest. Out of the few sets of bananas one was yellow and the birds started eating it. Once one set is yellow, the rest will be yellow as well even you take them of the tree. Cutting it down isn’t that easy as you don’t […]


Strange livestock, if you can call it that. Bamboo borers

On our land in Chiang Mai we have a lot of bamboo. our neighbor showed me that is some of them there are borers. I still don’t know which one though and he also don’t know which one. so you cut down the old bamboo and open up each compartment. Some of them have these […]


One Home and One Farm – Bangladesh

Based on the fertile plains of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers, Bangladesh is an ideal environment to apply Permaculture and to deviate from traditional chemical agriculture. Through an active community, we are promoting this change. See for more information. https://www.facebook.com/Permaculture-in-Bangladesh-101635746836908


Harvest of Chilies

Besides of Bananas, Chilies are growing also very easy. Don’t have to do anything about it. Birds do the job of propagating. So they turn up at all kind of places in my garden. Though have to be quick to get the red chilies from the tree, otherwise the birds will eat them. The chilies […]


Abiu details

The abiu prefers a high, even tempera­ture, high humidity, and high rainfall evenly distrib­uted throughout the year. In keeping with its tropi­cal origin, the abiu is cold sensitive. A temperature drop to 30·F will cause defoliation. A lower temperature may kill the tree outright. The abiu is a low-maintenance tree. It performs satisfactorily on most […]


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