Rain (!!!!)… and Weeds…

If “time flies when you’re having fun,” then I must be having fun. The beauty and challenge of keeping friends and supporters updated on agricultural work is that it is constantly changing. :) In March we prepared dusty soil while we waited for three extra weeks for the rains to come. Finally it has come, and for the past three weeks we’ve been in a whirlwind of planting and now weeding.  Unfortunately, the rain is not very selective in what types of plants it waters, so we are doing our utmost to stay ahead of the “volunteers” we don’t want on our land.

Preparing nursery beds for vegetables.

I am very blessed to have a great team working with me.  Obadiah and Phoebe (interns) and Peter are all young adults who have been working tirelessly with me and even kept working when I had to leave for a week.  While most supervisors have to encourage their staff to keep moving, I had to call while I was away to make sure they were not working too hard.  We work hard, but enjoy talking and telling stories and singing to pass the time in the fields. When I came back from Easter break, there was a joyful reunion.

Watering the vegetable beds beds after planting.

Our vegetable garden is near the swamp, which is our water source when the water is high enough. It's a bit different from showering your gardens with crystal clear water from the hose, but it does the same thing.

So what projects do we have running now? We have two Farming God’s Way plots (totaling about .4 acres), growing maize and beans.  We also have twenty vegetable beds dug in the Grow Biointensive model.  We are planting cabbage, Swiss chard, collards, onions, leeks, tomatoes, lettuce (giving it a shot in a hot climate…), carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, zucchini,  eggplant, cilantro, basil, garlic, and others.  A friend sent sweet corn seed, so we had to prepare a place for that as well.  Sweet corn isn’t eaten around here, so it will be fun to share a new flavor with co-workers. We also have 5 nursery beds where we have started seedlings before transplanting to the “mother” beds. And we hope to begin a couple Farming God’s Way workshops in the the community.  All of this is keeping us plenty busy! For a full overview of my work, go to the “My Work” page.  Here are a few more pictures for you:

We cut swamp grass to use as mulch because all of the preexisting vegetation had been burned. We cut and carried over 400 bundles.

Carrying grass bundles to the fields.

Some of the first rains we so heavy they knocked over the shade cover we had built. Even in this, God spared our seedlings because the shade cover fell to the side and not directly on our plants!


Posted on April 14, 2012, in Agriculture, Heart for Uganda, Uganda, Work. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow! This is really amazing. I really want to learn more about this and if I can garden in a more effective way here. Love you!

  2. Still praying!!!! Hugs coming your way!

  3. Your list of fruits and veggies is making me hungry. Please mail me a cantaloupe. Keep up the good work!

  4. Margo McGilvrey

    Emily, thanks for sharing-you and your team are really working hard-wonderful fruitful work but please take some time for yourself. Margo

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