We popped up the plot on Wednesday evening to give the polytunnel a water, and what greeted me was most disappointing, blackfly on the broad beans. A quick spray and let’s hope they disappear.
The doubled-up legume system in conservation agriculture is premised on the belief that while farmers will be in a position to get the usual benefits of the doubled-up legumes (‘double’ the grain output per farm, hence more food and also ‘double’ soil fertility through the leafy biomass components of groundnuts and pigeonpea); they will also potentially benefit more from increased moisture retention towards the end of the season as well as reduced labor in land preparation, if the backbreaking conventional tillage practice of ridging can be avoided.
Eight months ago, we set out on an adventure in “Valhalla Falcon” to follow our dreams and live a life of purpose. My expectations were no match for the realities of life on the road. Expensive and time consuming vehicle repairs, border crossings, rainy weather conditions leading to mold growth, poor communication, and disorganization continue […]
Life below ground: Yes! There is life down there! It is so complex, even soil scientists have yet to plumb the depth and breadth of all species and interactions that make the soil work like an organism. For gardeners, it’s important to know that a lively soil feeds your plants. So feeding the life in […]