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.