My garden has really taken off. With all the rain, sunshine and manure, my little plants have been really happy here.
I've got my first cucumbers ripening up
And some radishes as well
My marigolds really like growing in Malawi. They are the tallest things in the garden! I expect the first flowers within the next few days
There is a bit of Swiss chard and carrots growing, and the peas are making their way up the wall. I have some volunteers too-- amaranth and something that might be sweet potatoes.
Here is the whole garden in all its wild splendor.
Look, it's the next crop of papayas starting
The other day my neighbor cut the grass near our houses. No lawn mowers here-- he did it all with a machete. These people are amazing! I asked if I could have the grass clippings for my garden (instead of him burning him which is waft would normally happen to the clippings). Now I have a nice mulch to keep my soil cooler on those hot days. Plus it should help with the weeds.
I am already making plans for next year's garden which I'll plant in late November. I want it to be a bit more orderly and I am going to include herbs as well.
The garden also provides lots of wildlife to amuse me. I saw a little toad yesterday, and I've seen tiny frogs in it as well. There are worms in the soil, some ants, lizards and today I found a snakeskin. The kids were all a bit scared when they saw it.
Can you spot the toad in this photo? You can just make out his little eyes.