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
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