Monday, June 29, 2020

Garden Update by Cory. Lots of photos!

Sahara dust June 23
Still on the dry side here due to the Sahara dust.

We had one good rain last week and mostly sunny days so the gardens and trees continue to grow very well.

The local corn looks good but the beans are spotty from the drought.

They also suffer from leaf diseases at this altitude even with the sunnier than normal weather.

Some of the beans are close to harvest time and they should bring a good price.
Hawaiian super sweet corn on pile of dirt with sweet potato
Our workers said "This isn't like our corn"

Our workers told me last week that prices jumped so much in the market for the main foods that some of the village merchants returned without buying because they didn't have enough money.

During the first and thickest wave of dust our solar panels only gave about 70% mid-day but there are fewer clouds so we have plenty of electricity.

Decent yield for small plants
The dust looks thick down to sea level.

While most of the fruit trees will need a few years to fruit, it is good to be harvesting zucchini, chayote, broccoli, turnips, mulberries, strawberries.

Tomatoes are almost ready.

I thought our sweet corn was doomed due to being planted before the rainy season on a dirt pile which was hard to water (so I neglected them a bit) during the extended dry season.

Despite being very small plants they produced fairly well.

Trees with squash are still growing well

Lightning strike fried bushes on hillside lower than our house!

Grape tomato and broccoli

Bok Choy, mustard and turnips.

Big sweet mustard and 1/2 inch tall tiny leaf lettuce same age

Corn and bean garden next to our property

View toward the village
I doubt star fruit will do well in many areas on the mountain top since they don't do well with wind but it is worth a try and I have planted some in sheltered spots.
Star fruit in back yard, north Haiti a few years ago

It was so popular we never could produce enough trees in the nursery.

The trees looked like this several times per year and often still had blooms while ripening fruit.

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