It’s a new year and a new beginning for our farm as we continue to care for our moringa trees. Although we are experiencing a dry spell once again, it isn’t as bad as the one we experienced last year. Our trees did not shed much of their leaves, and there are new shoots from those trees that we cut back last rainy season.
It is natural for a tree to shed its leaves, but what we experienced last year was really bad that I thought I’ve lost my moringa trees. Turns out that Moringa is indeed a miracle tree. It can survive droughts better than other trees, and even though they might look like they’re dead, they’re not! They are survivors and grow back their leaves again.
Let’s talk about pruning moringa trees. Moringa is one of those trees that loves to be pruned. The more you cut them, the more they grow new shoots. We cut back just about 1,000 of our trees this year and we still have a lot of moringa trees that need to be cut back so we’ll do that again when the rainy season comes.
We have also bought a new 200-liter water drum, which we placed right in the middle of our nursery area so that it’s not difficult for the workers to water our seedlings. We’re planting more trees this year, and we have started growing various seedlings like graviola, chempedak (which is an indigenous tree here in Palawan called "badak" by the locals), jackfruit, rambutan, papaya, guava, among others.
Our banana trees also regularly give us bananas for our personal consumption, and yes, I’m happy that I will get to cook them again in many different ways.