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Dry Season Gardening

We are well into the dry season as it hasn’t rained since late March or early April but that doesn’t stop Zambians from growing vegetables.  On campus the students have access to water and their gardens look amazing.  They care for them very well.  So well, in fact, that when I made an attempt at a garden they offered to take over our garden as it was doing so poorly.  Just down the road from our house there is a low laying area where there are many gardens.  However, there is a sewage “stabilization” pond that is providing the water for these plants.  Needless to say, we don’t buy vegetables from this area.  It may be okay (we haven’t heard of any cholera in this part of Lusaka), but better safe than sorry.

Just a bit farther down the road there is a natural pond and there are many who have created gardens where fresh water is plentiful.  Most people grow tomatoes, onions, cabbage and various greens and, of course, maize.

Photograph: A view over the tomato plants planted by the pond.  There is a small island in the pond where weavers have made nests.  This is about 1/2 mile from our house and is a nice walk.

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