Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today we learned how to graph trees, we had some practice graphing mangos. Then we got to go out again and do some beekeeping. This time our counterparts where there from the village. My counterpart is named Yaya and was very excited to get the opportunity to try beekeeping as he had never done it before today.
|Yaya and I|
|Opening a hive|
Sunday, May 22, 2011
My garden is growing well; I have had some problems and have learned a lot. I have realized that you can grow plants and trees very quickly in a sub-tropic climate. I have more eggplant growing then I know what to do with. I also wasn’t paying attention and planted what I thought was green sweet peppers but turned out to be more eggplant. I currently have a bunch of 2-3” cucumbers growing. My mustard is growing well and if I can keep the bugs away from it ill hopefully have home made mustard soon. I have planted over 850 tree seeds in the ground; I know over 25% of the seeds have germinated. I have over 40 papaya seedlings growing that are about 8-12” tall. My host father came to my garden the other night and informed me that my papaya is not as sweet as the papaya he is growing and I can’t plant it in the compound. So now I have to figure out something to do with them. The tree nursery and garden are in the same place and I also have a small citrus nursery that includes grapefruit, orange, lemon and mandarin.
I did not build a dugout canoe from a tree as I realized not being anywhere near water that a canoe would be completely useless.
My language skills have increased but it is coming slowly. I can understand more than I can speak. The volunteers that live farther upcountry have fewer English speakers in their village so they are forced to speak the local language. In my situation I have many English speakers in my village so I am not forced to speak the local language as much, thus my language isn’t as strong as other volunteers.
I have carved two spoons from African Mahogany wood and I carved a bread knife out of Melina. I have not used the spoons, but the bread knife is used and functional.
The goal of digging of garden wells was not accomplished.
I also have built a solar fruit dryer. This has been a long project coming I learned a lot and was very happy that it actually works. The first batch of mangos I dried where not ripe enough so the dried mangoes were a little tart but I think it will be a good thing.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I only have a minute online, but I posted some new pictures. Things are going good here, I will be coming into the city for a week long training the end of the month. At that time I will post a more in-depth post, at that time my “3 month challenge/phase II” will be completed. My health is good and I am almost down to high school fighting weight.