Saturday, March 19, 2011

And so begins the change of seasons

It started raining this week. We haven't seen a good downpour yet but we've had drizzly rains for the past few days. The temperature has also dropped into the 60's during the day...which is chilly for us considering the wind speeds on the top of our ridge.

The air is buzzing with excitement. It's planting time! Every time we see people now, they're either coming from or going to their gardens to plant. The only tools available are common hoes. The can buy the hoe head in Kaabong and then make a handle for it themselves. I know we've written about gardening before but it's just such a dominant activity here that I can't help but talk about it.

I honestly don't know if this is the 'real' beginning to rainy season. As we all know, the weather is unpredictable. Pastor Jacob made his own prediction today. He thinks this is a false start to rainy season which happens often. Regardless, the ground is currently soft and getting planted by everyone who can get their hands on seeds. The Ik are planting pumpkins, maize & beans. Terrill & I have started by planting some snow peas, bell peppers, watermelon & cilantro. Once we make some nursery beds, we'll also plant onions, carrots, tomatoes and red beets. I'm still not sure what grows best up here but we keep trying new things. We've been burying our compost (old food stuffs) in our garden all during dry season, so hopefully this will improve on the quality of veg that comes up.
The beginning of rainy season and just a few things growing in our small kitchen garden.
We planted these banana trees & the avocado last year. They didn't grow much during dry season but I have a feeling they'll shoot up in the next few months.
These onions were a little surprise that came up recently. They are the result of our onions seeding last year and dropping before we collected them.
This pumpkin plant came up as a result of our composting. I have a feeling that the ground is holding a few more surprises for us.
During rainy season, there is a fine mist that covers the mountain that we call gozho (Ik word). Actually, 'fine mist' is too delicate a name for the thick clouds that cover us. Sometimes they are so thick that we can't see very far in front of us. Tonight gozho has descended on us and will probably not lift until the sun returns.


velma said...

I have two seedlings planted outside from what you got started last year. . .lemon and satsuma. They should be further along, but I am thankful they didn't die. You all are quite industrious! Will your avocado produce?

Lois said...

I love when you write about what you are growing! keep us posted on what works out

those in the permaculture crowd are all about letting your plants re-seed themselves, so consider yr onions permaculture onions!

pumpkins are notorious for sprouting out of compost piles. looking forward to hearing about more surprises.

The Reeds said...

I loved that comment you made. i don't know who made it, A or T, but THAT was a hilarious observation! And no.. it is not completely accurate, but hilarious just the same!

I'll tell Jacob your observation. :)

BTW- I'm aware that this is a completely inappropriate comment for this particular post, but it is the only place I could go to for instant feedback!

Notinthewild said...

The upsides and downsides of being "connected to the earth."

Phil said...

Still plenty early to plant stuff in Ohio, but we are working on pruning the apple trees and the grapevines. . . so cool to recognize the locations you picture. Pretty sure I know which tree T is standing under. :-)