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Yesterday one of our neighbors stopped by with some free stuff to offer before he headed to the transfer station. We got a nice table and some shelves that we've put to use in our improved kitchen area.

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I built this new shelf for the kitchen with some scrap wood.

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The lower area is tidied up and again provides usable dry space for projects.

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Upper area:

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Our eggplants are doing well. I just harvested one and there are lots of tiny fruits. Some bugs have been eating the leaves but I haven't figured out which ones. Last time it was some caterpillars.

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These seed-grown dragonfruit cactuses are coming along. It's much slower to grow them from seed compared to cuttings, but we had some seeds.

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This is our biggest starfruit tree from seed. We have many smaller ones. There is a tree in Orchidland where we get starfruit for free.

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Some lemon and oranges from seed. We have many, many citrus planted and some are finally sprouted. I read that a lemon tree grown from seed can start producing lemons in 1-2 years, but oranges take longer.

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Each of our two banana trees have shoots now:

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I've begun to make mulch beds everywhere. This one is seeded with eggplant.

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Last night this giant mantis gave us a visit. They're pretty aggressive.

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The house in the trees. You can see more of the improved flashing on top:

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Tux napping:

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@Zach!

I love tux updates!

@Nina

Looks cute. Love the colors :)

@mycognosist

The plants are all looking really good! Dragonfruit from seed: that's really exciting - can't wait to see how they grow. I've found growing cacti from seed to be very rewarding. I was surprised how much care and moisture they need when young, at least the handful of species I've grown that way.

I bet the new shelves and extra kitchen worktops are a big help. I'm adjusting to a little kitchen right now and the lack of shelf space creates some interesting challenges.

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