Sunday, September 20, 2015

Plant a Seed, Watch it Grow!

Thanks to the generosity of St. Joseph's church,  Espwa's agricultural program was able to plant over 200 banana trees this summer. Around 120 have already sprung up!   

Our bananas were planted in a hole 1.5 feet deep and 1.5 feet wide surrounded by a concoction of manure, charcoal, wood shavings, and rich soil. Seeds were then placed 6 inches deep and each watered with 5 gallons of water.

Watermelon seeds also were planted with the bananas so the watermelon leaves can provide shade over the hole. And if we're being honest, who doesn't enjoy sweet, juicy watermelons!

While banana trees take about one year to produce fruit, after a banana tree sets its fruit and dies, three more banana trees grow in its place. We can then transplant these to other locations within Espwa and the community. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

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