Don’t misread the title of this post. I said growing like weeds, not growing weeds. One of the reasons I love Uganda is because the vegetables are bigger and healthier than I typically see anywhere in the US. And I love the variety that the quickly-changing crops bring to my work. Every season has different tasks, and if you glance away for too long, the gardens will look completely different when you see them again.
Here are the latest photos from our gardens:
The zucchini plants are monstrous! Ok, so I’m kneeling in this picture, but still. We harvested over 50 lbs. of zucchini in one week.
The lettuce has been producing bountifully. We have now been enjoying fresh salads for over a month, and the lettuce is still sweet!
Cabbage. My team complains a bit about its performance, but it’s bigger than what I’ve ever seen.
Our tomato plants were so amazingly healthy and strong! The thickest stems I’ve ever seen on young plants. (I speak in the past tense because they didn’t have the best ending, but that’s a topic for another time.)
Collards (known as sukuma wiki in Kenya) have been champion producers. We provide these several times a week for staff lunches, feeding over 50 people each time.
The agriculture team bundling collards for sale after harvesting. The collards grow so quickly it’s more than the staff can consume at lunch time.
Cucumbers and carrots.
The sweet corn! I’ve heard that some varieties don’t produce when moved to the tropics, but this one did!
I was worried about the height of the sweet corn at first, but found out that it’s just the nature of the variety. Tasseling at 3-4 tall!
The wild watermelons! They are threatening to conquer neighboring crops.
And that’s the tour of our gardens. Hope you enjoyed it! If I get more computer time, you will soon seen the harvest. Stay tuned…