2012年4月14日土曜日

In the rice nursery again

Yup. That time of year. In the rice nursery again.... This year we are going to grow glutinous mochi rice for making sticky rice and rice cakes and the like as well as the regular rice for all our regular rice needs.

Very few pictures of all this as I am quite klutzy enough to know that having my camera anywhere near the water is not a good idea!

W raking out the nursery beds to be flat. Seriously there is a whole 2cm leeway. @_@


The water is in, the protective sheet is down (so the rice roots don't grow into the paddy)and we're waiting to see how flat it looks with water in there before going ahead with putting the rice seed trays down. (Bonus shot of K's bum...)


Explanatory shot of wy K was head down bum up in a rice paddy- he was working on a manual pump that works using some law of physics I guess I would explain as 'water attracts water'. It's all very complicated as you need to keep both ends of the pump level as you fill it with water from a watering can then quickly and simultaneously put the inflow part under water and the outlet part out and watch the magic work (or not- it's a fiddly process!)

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