WHY BEES MATTER

August 6, 2010

Flowering plants require insects for pollination. The most effective is the honeybee, which pollinates 90% of commercial crops worldwide. As well as most fruits and vegetables they pollinate nuts, sunflowers and oil-seed rape. Coffee, soya beans, clovers – like alfafa, which is used for cattle feed – and even cotton are all dependent on bee pollination to increase yields. This is why this reportis very disturbing for us at least.

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GOOD RAIN’S

July 18, 2010

The last few days have brought along some good rains. Everything looks and feels better. The farm definitely looks much more greener than in previous weeks.

Many projects on hand, everyday getting a bit done but to-do list is still getting longer.


THE NEPENTHES MIRABILIS

June 27, 2010

This is a  well known medicinal plant used by the natives of Sarawak. A small climbing pitcher plant that seems happy in both open areas and secondary jungle. Leaves are oblongish, the leaf stalks are grooved and winged, the margins are hairy. Its young shoots are covered in reddish hairs.

The Ibans use a decoction of the stem, root and leaves which is drunk to treat blood in stool. Tea is made out of the leaves to treat painful urination. Paste of the young shoots are used to treat snakebites. Juice from the stem is taken for food poisoning and water from the young pitchers (with lids still closed) is given to children to treat cough. In the Bidayuh people the sap from the stem is consumed to treat hangovers.


REASON TO SMILE

June 19, 2010

Today we saw our guest reviews on tripadvisor.


FLYING FOX VISITING

June 16, 2010

The Turkey’s were making a racket last night. Waking up to that and the dogs barking in excitement, they themselves not knowing what they were barking about then. The farmhands woke up too and all of us went to the Turkey pen to see what the fuss was about cursing that it had to be another python or monitor lizards.

Flying Foxes decided to pay us a visit. Been a while since we seen them around usually only during the fruiting season more so when there are durian flowers it seems. Maybe they were missing us.


BLUE SKIES BUT BONE DRY

May 26, 2010

It’s been a very hot & dry the past 6 days. Even the fish ponds seem to be evaporating faster than usual, almost 3 inches. Everyone feels the sun is stronger these days, almost a biting like sensation on the unprotected skin.

If this weather goes on like this for another week or so we will be looking at how to prepare for some mass irrigation/watering for the plants. At this rate even the natural compost will be bone dry soon. Thankfully we have those big tree’s all over to help shade us.


POKOK SAMBUNG NYAWA

May 17, 2010

Finally we just managed to get some cuttings of Pokok Sambung Nyawa (Gynura procumbens Merr) which is a herb native of South East Asia and is herbaceous climber of forest margins and thickets. The leaves serve in Malay culture as a flavoring for food, and also widely used for treatment of: kidney diseases, rashes, throat infection, high fever and as a antihypertensive agent. It has been reported that an ethanolic extract of this herb significantly reduces serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels of diabetic rats. There have also been studies done here.

It supposedly can be used to stop bleeding, overcome menstrual cycle problems and  improves the kidney function.As a matter of interest we found the leaves eaten raw taste pretty good.


DARN MONITORS

May 15, 2010

The Water Monitors are becoming more daring these past weeks. No longer to come after dark and harrass the ducks and geese they now appear at all hours of daylight. There have losses in the duck pen where we suspect at least 20 ducklings have been taken over the past 2 weeks and 3 ducks dead from defending their nest not to mention untold numbers of eggs.

The dogs seem to have a keen ear and eye. Every time there is a racket from the pens the dogs make a beeline for the location and sure enough the water monitors are running off and they sure do a fast 100 meter dash for the jungle.


WWOOF’ers

May 12, 2010

Any WWOOF’ers please  email us directly instead on our general email addy at thekebun@yahoo.com. Just a reminder that we only check our email every few days. Cheers!


Just Lazing In The Sun

May 1, 2010

We been getting lucky at getting to see these fellows lazing about. Trick seems to drift by so as they don’t get startled and head for the water as usual. It’s a good break from all the farmwork. Now if we could only get them to come and laze around at the end of our jetty instead.


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