Monday, August 9, 2010

Preparing for fall

For the past few weeks, we have begun preparations for our fall planting, including seed starting.

The women showing off the seeds brought from Burundi. These are seeds for enormous African squash (like a giant butternut) and mchicha (an African green in the amaranth family). These will be directly seeded into the ground. Reportedly, the vines from a single African squash plant can travel upwards of 100 feet.

Stirring up our super secret seed starting mix.

Seeding trays of lettuce and cabbage, with Obed looking on. In about a month, we will transplant these into our rows. In Burundi (and later Tanzania), the women told me that they started seeds in small bags.

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