We have a problem. A bitter one. The ampalaya (bitter gourd) crawled upwards into the neighbor’s house. From what I remember from the days when I used to watch Ipaglaban Mo, if your neighbor’s plants and their fruits are in your property, they are yours.
The wall is too high for us to reach even with a ladder. I also noticed that some of the ampalayas dried before they are mature for picking. Maybe because they are in direct contact wit the neighbor’s metal roof.
Every weekend, we try to pick the fruits that our DIY hook can reach. I have fun memories of picking macopa and Indian menggu using a sungkit as a kid. I am not fond of eating those fruits but picking them using a sungkit was an exciting afternoon activity for me then. Since we don’t own any fruit bearing trees, for now, picking amplayas might be the closest experience to fruit picking.
Thank you, Manang, for our ampalaya plant!