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Monday, November 04, 2019

Steps to Harvest Bananas from Your Garden

Day 4 - Let's say this is your first full day back in Sri Lanka. In your morning meander through the backyard, you notice a bunch of bananas on one tree which looks ready to harvest.

Time to Harvest that Bunch

What is your first step? Well, you need to take a closer look to ensure they are really ready.

Jay Spotted Some Ripe Bananas in the Garden

If it appears they are sufficiently grown, you'll need to locate a few people to help. If you have, for example, an elder sister available, ask her to help bend the tree so you can hack off the bunch.

Machete Time

At this point, hopefully, you'll be pleased with your bunch of bananas.

Happy Harvest

Next, this whole part of the banana tree should be cut to the stump. Each three to four-meter stalk lives long enough to produce the flower and eventual bunch of bananas. After, it simply rots. New baby shoots will come to replace the cut one. Also, the leaves, stalk, and trunk can be added to your composting pile.

The Old Tree Must Be Cut and Removed

Lastly, the bunch must be washed vigorously to remove pests, such as ants and spiders, which may have already made this area their home. If you have a younger sister to do this, the process is easier. The whole bunch can then be set aside until the bananas achieve your preferred ripeness.

Washing the Freshly Cut Bunch


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