A RETIREE’S UNIQUE 20 SQUARE-METER FARM

No, this is not the cacao of the retired officer. Otherwise you will not see any fallen leaf on the ground. We used it just to illustrate how a beautful cacao tree looks like.

HERE IS ONE unique farm that keeps me smiling whenever I remember it. It is a 20-square meter farm of a retired naval officer. Here it goes.

One day in 1993, an avid reader of our articles called us because he wanted to show us his little farm in a posh subdivision in Makati. It is actually about 20 square meters in the corner of his lot which he had planted to exactly eight cacao trees. 

SPIC & SPAN – They were about the most beautiful cacao trees we ever saw because they were so full of red pods and the place was spic and span. There were no fallen leaves littering the ground.

GIVES HIM EXERCISE – The officer who was then more than 80 told us that his “farm” gives him the necessary exercise. He himself picked up the fallen leaves every morning. He had specifically instructed the maids not to do the picking so he would have something to do. 

INSPECTION – Aside from picking up the fallen leaves, he also inspected the branches and leaves to find out if there were any pests attacking them. He also diligently fertilized his trees with fish washings which was probably why they were so fruitful when we paid our visit.

VERY ACCESSIBLE – Well, one does not really have to have a big farm out there in the bundocks. What’s great about having a farm right where one lives is that one does not have to travel far. One can be with his favorite plants first in the morning every day!

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