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Recipe w/Pics: What To Do With A Ripe Papaya

RIPE PAPAYA ALERT!

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Ripe Papaya Alert!

I don’t have much experience with papayas yet, but I’m starting to get the hang of them. When a neighbor gave us a papaya two springs ago, I had never actually held a whole one in my hand before. Honestly, it didn’t taste all that great, but if you put enough sugar on anything you can acquire a taste for it right away. Papayas are famously good for our health, and are incredibly rich in antioxidants, so I felt obligated to appreciate the gift. Gardening is one of my favorite pastimes and when I saw all those seeds inside it, it was a challenge I couldn’t resist! I was then advised by the same neighbor to never touch a papaya seed by my skin, or it will only produce a male tree. I’m not superstitious, but I took the advice seriously and never touched the seeds except with a spoon. It took forever for the seeds to germinate, but my patience paid off. All my baby papaya trees that I grew on the back sunroof are now growing very nicely in the land where Mohamed transplanted them just about one year ago. (Click here to see the photos in a previous post)

Papaya trees grow incredibly fast, and even more amazingly, they produce fruit from their first flowering cycle! They went from slender seedlings to tender transplants and then blossomed into a papaya jungle!

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My Papaya babies grew up fast!


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Rooftop Gardening

After finding myself with a very sunny but drab and boring back patio, which is in fact the roof of the first floor kitchen, I decided to try my hand at rooftop gardening.

First, I started out by planting seeds –
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then I moved them all outside to tables where they could be watered easily –
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I became very impatient but then, finally, things started popping up! –
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So I started recycling strange containers into planters and began transplanting things –
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Look carefully to find ‘upscaled’ chicken cages, feeders and drinkers, as well as clay rabbit feed and water bowls and wooden boxes used by rabbit mommies for building their nests in – I had a blast hunting in the jampacked storage room for all these treasures! I hauled them all up, bit by bit, and then had fun times moving things around –
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