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It’s been quite a very long time I updated the blog, I promised myself I was going to update as much as I could this year but I’ve since realised that resolutions do not always work out quite well. I have recently learnt that “resolutions without revelation cannot change your life”(Dr. Rhema Ehiemere). In as much as I would love to blame pregnancy and childbirth for not updating the blog, I cannot because farm activities were in full gear despite been pregnant.
so, we promised some juicy water melons for the first quarter of the year but alas! those farm creatures didn’t let our plans materialise plus I was out of the country for the birth of my DD(dearest daughter). DD was born in the month of May which would have been time to harvest us some fresh water melons.
The land was prepared and water melons planted around early march, the hybrid variety but we noticed as they were sprouting insects or caterpillar not too sure what it was, started eating the leaves immediately and the rains didn’t come early this year as anticipated. As a last-minute gesture, I had to abort the water melon idea because of my absence and inability to salvage the situation.
we have since settled for cassava and maize for this season, coupled with land dispute we encountered along the way. In my next blog post I will share a few lessons my absence from the farm has taught me. Below are a few pictures of how far we fared. If you have an idea what the insect or caterpillar look-alike is called please do share so we can combat this creatures that are in the habit of eating up our crops.CIAO
sprouting…we were excited…
not bad for a start
Caterpillar like insect eating watermelon leaves
look at them destroyers…
leaves on attack….
finally ate all the leaves…our excitement was short lived
Happy New year! It took me a month plus to wish y’all happy new year. Some people said their 2018 officially started 1st of February, I for one started mine 1st of January but I haven’t created time to upload my first post of the year.
Work has been a bit busy and activities at the farm is a bit slow now, we prepping for the planting season. We harvested the dry maize though harvest wasn’t so great because the rains stopped earlier than expected but we are thankful for the little we could salvage.
Thanks to our moms, who make out time to prepare healthy hygienic pap for their families. They bought it off our hands. Looking forward to the planting season and we can only pray for a bountiful harvest.
The cassava farm is doing well, can’t wait for the rains to come, and yes Water melon is part of the mix now, seeds are ready, the land is been prepared, arrangements are on going so we can have an early start. Can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us. CIAO
today, marks the end of 2017, the ride was rough, exciting, eventful,adventurous and definitely fun. there’s been lots of growth in different areas of my life and I hope you too enjoyed such. it’s been a year of learning and unlearning, a year of hurts and learning to forgive and let go, a year of better friendships and relationships.
however, our little farm land wasn’t left behind as we were able to access a few acres and we’ve included cassava to one of the crops grown by us. I will be unveiling another crop come next year. we are hopeful and excited about 2018, it’s already promising to be better than 2017.
so this is me saying cheers to a better new year, a better you, better plans and greater achievements in all your endeavours. hopefully, we would be able to toast at the end of 2018 because we are going to make it a phenomenal year.
Here’s a sneak peek to what to expect in 2018, forgot to take pictures of the ripe maize that was planted during the late maize season, we let them dry on the stalk to serve as seeds for next year’s planting. enjoy…ciao
one acre down more to go…
Clearing in progress
supervision on going…
spot the cassava?
The rains wont let us be grand…it stopped earlier than predicted
There’s nothing as sweet as the feeling of joy and pride that comes from one’s accomplishments. After several months of toil and sweat nothing beats been able to see results and the satisfaction one derives from knowing that you didn’t give up but finished your course to the end. Many have embarked on similar feats but are nowhere to be found because they lacked the will to carry on in the face of daunting challenges.
On the farm we suffered quite a few; the army worm attack, squirrels and birds eating the ripe maize and wrong advice on how to tackle them. However, it helped in prompting research and learning other creative and safer ways to tackle pest on the farm. All these discomfort helped to make me better on the farm. Challenges shouldn’t deter us; they should be stepping stones to been better in areas of our lives that need to be better.
Oh yes! We had lots of fresh sweet corn to eat and sell as well as fresh okra and pumpkin leaves for personal and commercial consumption. I can’t begin to describe how happy I was that I was able to prove that your outward physical appearance doesn’t equate the strength you carry on the inside. Having a slender frame doesn’t mean you cannot lift things three times your weight, or because you haven’t tried something you can’t be good and successful at it.
Stay focused on your goal, never look back, drown out the excuses, eliminate the you can’t syndrome and draw strength from your insides, the tiny part of you that dares you to imagine its possible, nurture that part until it helps you override all your doubts. The harvest is indeed sweet and you can’t afford not to taste it and of course share it with those around you. Ciao
On a bright beautiful morning, I arrived at the farm only to realise that my precious budding maize plant was attacked by a pest I had no idea about. My okra farm wasn’t left out as the second batch of okra planted was under attacked by a red looking insect I had no knowledge of. Imagine an amateur farmer like myself, though I have heard of pest on farmlands, I was experiencing it first hand and nothing prepared me for what was about to ravage my entire farmland.
I quickly ran to the nearest agricultural shop to get chemicals that would be effective based on popular advice, even though I intended not farming with chemicals. In my desperation to salvage my farm I wasted money not considering other inexpensive ways to tackle the problem on ground. It was under control for a while and it was then I went on the internet to find out what other local farmers where facing and doing. I discovered my visitors was the dreaded army worm and a simple solution of ash and chili pepper, neem seed extracts were used to forestall the attack for those who were organic farmers; while others used Ampligo and Glo-emmatacin powder all these I got from other young farmers I follow on the internet. My okra got attacked by some red insects that look like red aphids not still certain about it but someone might just be able to help me out from the pictures attached in the post.
I was able to salvage the situation, thankfully before too much damage was done. No man is an island and it is good for you to have people who are experts or professionals in your area of interest to guide you when it’s needed. The place of research cannot be over emphasized, you must keep learning. Do not let what you seeing discourage or deter you from your goal, all you need to do is reevaluate your situation and find out better ways to tackle it. Nothing sweet comes easy so expect challenges or opposition it is part of the growth process, embrace it and crush it like a boss. ciao
The rains finally made its way and the thirsty dry grounds gulped all the water and all the precious seeds under the ground that had been planted with love, sweat, pains and aches finally budded. Oh what joy when I came around and saw the luscious green sprouts of maize and vegetables, I danced and laughed and cried because all I could see was growth and I was thankful that all the toil was gradually paying off. I was elated I took lots and lots of pictures but guess what? Some mischief I didn’t foresee was going to spring up.
I watched my farm closely in the following weeks and then noticed all my hard work was being tampered with, birds or was it squirrels wasn’t sure what it was at the time, started uprooting my maize plant from the ground. Same thing was happening in my neighbour’s farm so we devised a method to discourage this. We made…..and found old tapes, those old radio cassette; rolled out the tapes and tied it all over the farm when there is wind, it wobbles and sends a signal that people were on the farm and the sun made the tapes reflect silvery lights so discouraged the birds from coming down to feed.
The essence of these, protect your growth at all cost, no matter what may spring up to try to pull you down hold on to the little progress you’ve made. Don’t let the naySayers remind you that this thing is not going to work out instead be secretive about your progress not everyone needs to know step by step how you progressing with your ideas. Some people only need to see the final result, not everyone must be involved in your journey through all the pitfalls and victories, let your success call their attention.Ciao
Whoever said tilling the ground was easy, no wonder the bible said that ‘’man would eat bread in the sweat of his face.’’ Not an exact quote but you should find the actual quote in Genesis 1: 19. Oh yeah! Farming is not joke especially when it’s not something you accustomed to and you can’t afford to pay workers because you are barely scraping available funds to buy seeds and do other important stuff. It was definitely like a rollercoaster; scary and exciting at the same time.
I remember all the digging and weeding and planting under the hot scorching sun, trying to make sure the seeds were in the ground in anticipation for the rain, the sleepless nights worrying that the rains would come as expected or my blistering hands that would keep weeding in spite of the pain. The body aches and pains that come with the territory. Did I think about quitting? Oh yes! But the determination to achieve was much greater than my discomfort. If for anything I wanted to prove to all the doubting Thomas’s that this working momma can farm like a pro. Lol
Yes, I had an 8am-4pm job, had a family to cater for and I added farming to my already spilling plate. That is where my multi-tasking skill was strengthened coupled with learning to prioritise my daily activities and making out time for all the things I needed to do on a daily basis. The most comforting part in all of these was the fact that I was having a ball and learning to push myself beyond my perceived abilities and level of tolerance.
If you wondering if I made mistakes, yes! I did. I made lots of them which I would be sharing in later posts. It’s ok to make mistakes but giving up is not an option, it should propel you to doing better or trying out more beneficial alternatives. People often say great things don’t come easy and I definitely agree and I have come to realise that great value is placed on things we have worked hard to achieve. The next time the thought of quitting comes to your mind, remember that great things don’t come cheap, they come at a price and are definitely more rewarding than those we got on a platter. Do enjoy the photos below, I was having a ball. ciao