Some of the key challenges for a lusuku are weed manageent, maintaining the fertility of the soils plus dealing with droughts especially with the unpredictable rains currently being experienced around the country.
Mulching provides a natural and organic measure of combatting all the challenges above but with its own constraint of finding suitable plant material in appreciable quantities to provide an adequate layer. Our drive to focus on staying away from chemical fertilizers and herbicides/pesticides is a further driver for our push to mulching.
What we have done:
- Provided 3 feet separation from the banana stools to the mulch
- Addition of ash (from regular charcoal based cooking) in the space without mulch to control nematodes and other pests
- Cutting off the dried out leaves to provide additional plant material for the mulch
Just before the next rains in March 2017, we shall look to add cattle and goat dung for manure.