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Julian

My blog is about a tropical garden in Malaysia, South East Asia. Maintained by an amateur gardener and his partner who make their own organic compost, grow flowers and vegetables, and have two dogs.
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On an extended leave of absence... by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Sticky post (Source: by jorge cham ) Thanks for dropping by :) I am now in the process of writing up my PhD, and will only be able to do very intermittent updat ... Read on »
Organic mealy bug repellent by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening In the previous post I identified the Papaya mealy bug - on our papaya. So - I checked out what are the possible organic responses and found some good resources PAN G ... Read on »
Papaya mealy bug - Paracoccus Marginatus by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening A while ago, WW noticed some white stuff on our papayas , and eventually I got round to looking closer clusters of foam, it seemed like to me, and I wasn't sure if i ... Read on »
Identifying a palm tree by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Apart from the (Macarthur palms) , we have a couple of palms that are apparently somewhat uncommon, and I'm trying to identify them. They've grown to about 6-8 metres, and ... Read on »
Philippine lawn grass seeding by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Our lawn leaves much to be desired - initially it was laid down with 'Pearl grass', which was a bad idea; it did not survive well in the sun, and grew too slowly to recover ... Read on »
Bird's nest - recycling rawks! by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Here are some photos that I've been meaning to use for a long time. WW was trimming the bamboo when she came across this the twigs growing out of the interstice obviou ... Read on »
Fire ant on yard-long bean by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening WW planted some yard-long beans, or Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis, and they have started to flower and fruit. But there is also someone else interested in th ... Read on »
Frangipani in the morning by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We have a pink frangipani, aka Plumeria rubra, growing on the patio. There was some hesitation in getting it initially, as the frangipani is associated with cemeteries here ... Read on »
Organic compost harvest by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening One of the challenges of an organic garden is getting enough nutrients into the soil, given that you can't use chemical fertilisers. A great way to address this problem, and ... Read on »
Grasshopper in the organic mint by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening One of the problems with organic gardening is that you can't just give a blast of insecticide or herbicide from time to time to reduce pests. So far, we haven't had any majo ... Read on »
Birds of paradise by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Around the front of our organic garden, we have a raised bed (that used to be a long fish pond I think), which has some Calathea lutea planted, and some Heliconia. I'm not s ... Read on »
Dragonfly by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening When I was a kid, my brother told me that dragonflies would eat their own tails if they could - I found this really gross and since then have been somewhat repulsed by drago ... Read on »
Ptychosperma macarthurii - identified by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Previously ( Palm tree flowers with bees ), I was wondering what type of palm we had and was unsure whether it was a Ptychosperma macarthurii - it looks like one, but I had ... Read on »
Harvesting organic papaya by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Well - harvesting may be slightly overstating it, when I only got one fruit :) But it's the first one we got off these trees (a previous fruit was taken by someone). Th ... Read on »
Organic papaya tree growth by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Papaya, or Carica papaya, is a tree that grows very easily. The first ones we had started more or less by accident, with some seeds thrown on the ground. We replanted those ... Read on »
Organic chilies harvest by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening Sorry to anyone out there for not posting for ages, I will try to do better from now on. Brief but regular :) Cili padi (bird's eye chili) are a favourite of most Malays ... Read on »
Lilies in Vientiane, Laos by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I'm in Laos right now, so I'll try to post some photos of garden related things. I won't be able to look them up and give their proper names and all that though. Here a ... Read on »
Palm tree flowers with bees by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening We have two palms at the back of the garden. I'm not sure what type they are, but it is similar to the MacArthur palm ( Ptychosperma macarthurii ) - the similarties are t ... Read on »
Planting Organic Lemongrass - The Return! by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening [No posts at all for the whole of April! Tsk tsk...] I had previously tried growing some organic lemongrass ( Cymbopogon citratus ), which ended in a resounding FAIL! B ... Read on »
myBlogS 2009 - Malaysian Blog Survey by Julian Posted in: Blog Posts in Gardening I have not been updating for a while - not because our garden has stopped growing, but because I'm well busy with this It's for my research into the monetisation of Mal ... Read on »