The upcoming garden work was also not neglected while I was on site in December 2020. The garden was overgrown with grass, which we weeded.
As soon as the garden was prepared, I began sowing the various seeds.Since there are no plant seedlings in Namibia, I sowed the seeds cabbage, pumpkin, beans, peanuts, melons, onions and ocra directly into the sandy soil with the hope that it will grow.
The little wooden sticks mark the seed course so the seedlings don't get plucked out as weeds, because I've had that experience many times in my gardening and Diana was deliciously amused that I couldn't tell Mutete from weeds.
With the onset of the rainy season, the sown seeds grow very well. Soon mutete can be harvested. Pumpkin, corn, okra and melons are growing, but also the weeds , bush and shrubs, so that continues to require a lot of work in the garden.
Due to the lack of experience in farming, the workers' efforts were not rewarded and the yields were minimal. To compensate for this lack of knowledge, we will now hire two farmers to train our workers and help them manage the enlarged garden and adjacent fields.
Before that, however, the whole property must be fenced to keep the animals away from the plants.
Since mid-July, we have been receiving assistance in the construction of our expanded garden from two local farmers who are training our men in agriculture. They started building the protective fences around the garden. They needed a wire mesh fence for this so that even the small chickens and ducks cannot get into the garden to devour the small plants.
To fertilize the soil, we rented a bakkie to collect manure from the surrounding area and work it into the soil.
In the meantime, they sowed the seedlings to plant out later.
The biggest challenge remains the irrigation of the garden.
Laying the irrigation system is now a high priority in our project work. Watering only with a garden hose is not possible because the water pressure is too low.
We started laying the hose system, but soon realized that we had too few lines. Again we had to go to Rundu to get more material. We also bought a generator so that we can build up enough pressure to irrigate the whole plant.
In the next few days, the workers will start laying the pipes.
The work on the project land has aroused the curiosity and interest of people in the neighborhood. The timid requests to help out on the land are piling up 😊.
To water the garden sufficiently, we bought and laid more pipes at the end of August. Already the seedlings are growing and thriving.
With the small truck now roadworthy, the workers were able to bring more fertilizer to the land and work it into the soil.
The access road to the planting site is only sand and the small truck often got stuck in the sandy track and had to be dug out. Costody and the workers now decided to level the road with stone-covered soil.
Again and again, the workers collect fertilizer and work it into the soil. In addition to the two hired farmers, more local residents who want to learn more about farming, gain experience and help out in the field are now coming.
At the end of each month the wages are paid. The workers travel together to Divundu and are paid and at the same time maize flour and other food is procured, which must suffice the whole next month. The way to Divundu is about 27 km and difficult to reach without transportation. Often people stand on the side of the road for hours hoping for a ride. Therefore, we are very grateful for the small truck that is now roadworthy. A big wish of the surrounding inhabitants is to have a closer shopping possibility.
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