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This month you will get to know our gardener planer who is taking care of the coconut trees and of the garden at Jiwa Damai.

Fendi our garden planer is feeding the roots of our coco palms to strengthen them against the Rhinoceros beetle. He inserts bamboo pipes into the earth about 1 1/2 m away from the trunk and fills it with compost tea to directly nourish the trees.

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Find out more about our work in the garden here! 

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The #Jiwa Damai buffet found great resonance. For the veggies we had several dishes, vegetarian curry, beans, our #organic garden salad, tempeh manice, and fruit. For the others and especially our balinese guests, love the babi guling (balinesian porc), fish sateh, chicken sateh and chicken curry, followed by the sumptuous tangerines from Kintamani, now in full season.buffet 2 buffet

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During our once a year open house for all friends and the #Jiwa Damai team, we open the pool at 11 am. While the adults were mostly watching, the kids were trying their first contacts with water and seemingly enjoyed it.swim 1 swim 3 swim 2

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Here at Jiwa Damai, we produce our own virgin coconut oil with the organic coconuts grown on the property. Not only do we use the coconut oil in our kitchen for each meal, we also have various sized bottles available for sale in our small shop.

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Coconut oil is considered one of the world’s top superfoods with thousands of uses and more benefits than we can count! Here’s a wonderful infographic explaining just a few of the benefits from this incredible food:

We use a very special process to extract the oil from each coconut, which is done by hand by our lovely Balinese staff. We would love for you to click the pictures below and read more about this process in our simple step by step guide.

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Have you tried this method before? If not, what other methods have you used? We would love for you to comment below and share with us!

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At Jiwa Damai we are using a special way to place our coconut shells around the base of our plants. Since we are producing our coconut oil form our own coconut trees , the shells are available and we are using them for several purposes.

During the rainy season they can collect some of the water with their inner softer hairy material thus allowing to keep some water away form the plants.

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The second reason is to have them soak up the water we are distributing in the dry season  around the fields. They will hold the water longer for the plants to feed .

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Last but not least when they decompose they will make an excellent nutrition to be added to the soil. On some plants we are just setting them directly around the root of the plants.

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This is a pretty awesome shot of our beautiful Balinese dog Salju.

Salju translates to snowflake 😉

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Picture by lavida rose www.lavidarose.com

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A wonderful flower arrangement made by our Kanti in front of the Jiwa Damai Logo at the dining area.

The flowers are fom our pond garden.

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beautiful butterfly

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This is one of our lumbungs, located in the middle of our permaculture garden, surrounded by fields with organic veggies and fruit.

A passion fruit plant has grown over the roof of our garden Lumbung and by now it  covers the whole straw roof.

Passion fruit covering the roof of the Lumbung

The plant carries plentiful fruit, but they are not ready to harvest yet. The fruit needs to get more yellow.

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The ripe passion fruit, after cutting it open, contains juicy brown seeds with a sweet-sour taste. Very refreshing!

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For this years Galungan Celebration our head gardener Ketut built together with two of our volunteers the panjor which is erected at the entrance gate to Jiwa Damai.

Building the panjor

A huge Bamboo is cut and then decorate with all details along the stem and the top. A little alter is created to give offerings to the gods. The panjor remains put  for 3 weeks and looks very wonderful.

Tradition demands, that each house in the village  places one in front of their entrance.

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