SEEDS donated and helped plant some trees ( Amarula, Lemon, Mango, Musahuli, Baobab) at Limulunga Community School and here is an update of how they are doing. There has been an extensive drought in Zambia this year but their amazing teacher Mr. Mwalusi and the children are keeping the trees alive. They even have a school vegetable garden and have 18 children who look after it. Note how they are growing basically in sand and have to water each plant individually to conserve water.
We also sent a companion planting list so they will know what to plant beside each other when they plan their garden.
It is best to make a drawing so you know where things are when they start to grow. Let the seedlings get well established before you pull any weeds as the root systems of the plants will be better established and the weeds will help give shade and retain water.
Squash, pumpkins etc. prefer cooler weather so they should be planted in the shade when your dry winter season starts.
I cut up plastic yogurt containers into strips or use pieces of wood and a permanent marker to make labels of what is growing where.
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac at Almanac.com:
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