Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bridging the gap

The farm has a very uneven terrain. It's like a miniature version of a geological land formation called a "valley". The lowest area of the farm is where the series of fishponds are located. To go from one side to the other, one has to cross what I fondly call "land bridges", which are in reality just embankments to hold water for the ponds.

The main "land bridge" is wide enough to allow vehicles to cross one at a time. It has been reinforced to support the weight of a passing vehicle. After construction, both sides of the embankment have been landscaped with dwarf Heliconias.

After the construction. Heliconias lining the edge of the embankment. The surrounding areas are still being improved by planting more tropical plants.

They were wondering why the Heliconias on the left side are not growing as lush and thick as the ones on the right. My only conclusion was because the ones on the right have direct access to the water seeping from the nearby pond while those on the left are dry because the water level on the other pond is about a meter below the level of the plants.

I suggested that they diligently water the ones on the left since Heliconias love to have wet feet and use the water from the pond for added nutrients. We'll see in a couple of months if there will be improvements.

During the construction.

Before the construction.

My father is the one supervising the improvements on the embankments. There are two other "land bridges" which are not as wide as the one above. They have begun sprucing up the looks of the second embankment by planting along its edges. The third may have to wait since I gave my Dad another project to work on. That  should keep him occupied for several weeks. More on the new project in my future posts.