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Stevia I looking to buy some plants

Discussion in 'Gardening in Thailand' started by mike123_ca, 21 Oct 2013.

  1. mike123_ca

    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    I am looking to buy some Stevia plants

    My wife has been given 3 rai of land out in the country (Phiboon, Ubon Ratchathaini) The land is paddy field which I have no desire to farm. We decided to make it into a orchard with mango, banana, la moot and other native Thai fruit trees. I would to try growing some Stevia in Thailand. If anyone has any information, I would appreciate it.
     
  2. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    mister t has a ranch how about a fish farm
     
  3. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    The fruit farm would be like a fish farm, unless it is 100% supervised, the product will disappear. Phibun is a lovely place with good soil, should be able to grow just about any herbie type crop.
     
  4. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    good advice! i used to have a banana tree outside my front door. Bananas would grow and then disappear!
     
  5. mike123_ca

    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    The land north,east and south belongs to other sisters and a brother of the family. To the west, there is a small dirt road and across from it is another farm. The area is very isolated, unless your from the area, very few people would know of its existence. The farm land has been in her family for generations.

    The land given to us is used to grow rice, I'm now in the process of having the soil raised and having more trees planted. About 10% of the land improvement has been done. I'm guessing in about 1 or 2 more years until it is finish. It should keep me busy after I retire from teaching.:happy1:
     
  6. Mister T

    Mister T Retired, fat and happy

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    Way to go mate. :righton:
     
  7. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    don't forget the shed with a small bar, fridge for the beer and two palm trees to put you hammock between.
     
  8. mike123_ca

    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    The plan was to bring in truck loads of dirt and fill in the rice patty. It was decided that more landfill could be trucked in at the same cost, but the company would excavate a section of our land. The company saves on diesel costs from sending trucks to another site and we get a 50% increase in the number of truck payloads.

    Now, I have two big holes in the ground, the two of them together is about 1/2 a rai (almost 800 sq.m.)

    It now looks like orchard and fish farm.
     
  9. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Well-Known Member

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    photos please
     
  10. mike123_ca

    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    We were given 3 rai of paddy land. We were able to fill 1/2 rai with soil and planted mostly mango mixed with some lamli, banana and limes and some other thai trees, but I don't know the names of them. The area now has green grass growing on the soil. 20131214_100847.jpg

    This was done prior to the rainy season which just ended about a month ago.

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    Another view of the land that was fixed and planted before the rainy season.

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    This picture is adjacent to the land that was planted before the rainy season, whereas this land was filled up about a month after the rainy season was over. It only has mango and papaya growing here. I plan to build a house on this section of land in the future.

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    Below are the pictures of my future dual fishing pond.

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    I built a fence around the perimeter of the property and also a 2nd fence around the fish ponds.
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  11. Rastus

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    Thanks for sharing, Mike. How did the paddy land that was filled in fare in the rainy season. Did it stay fairly firm and dry?
     
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    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    The first section that was filled before the rainy season is good. We lost between 5 to 10 trees, I guess it was not a good idea to plant them before the rainy season began. The land held up well, but there was a little soil erosion along the edges of the perimeter of the raised land. Now that the rainy season is over, the soil is covered with green grass where as the other section which we began last month has trees planted but no green grass. 1/2 a rai (800 sq.meters) required about 150 dump trucks to raise the soil about 1 meter.
     
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    great snaps thank you for sharing. What fish are you breeding?
     
  14. mike123_ca

    mike123_ca Thread Starter Active Member

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    That's the 64,000$ question and the answer is I don't know. This will be the first time trying to raise fish. The brother in law lives next door has a lot of farming experience. I'll follow his advice. I suspect the choice will be something that is very common or easy to sell. I suspect it might be catfish or maybe pla nin (tilapia) for now.
    I am open to suggestions.
     
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    My mother-in-law has some catfish. She says Russian catfish can get quite big. Delicious too. They're easy to look after - Just feed them and make sure snakes don't come snacking in the fish pond too often.
     

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