An exciting day today February 10, 2017 when we harvested the first four (4) bunches of matooke (mpologoma) and cassava from our lusuku. Onto a market free feeding frenzy
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.
The November rains (musenene) are here, so it is time for us to put into action our plan to add a 1.3 acre plantation of bananas as part of our food security metric. After discussion with a J. B. Wasswa (@jbkwasswa ) we have narrowed on having local varieties which are:
– Mabidde for making banana juice and beer (landrace variety)
– Sukari Ndizi – sweet or apple bananas
– Bogoya (Gros Michel) which are larger and less sweet than the ndizi
– Nakitembe – the indigenous traditional Ganda cooking variety of the landrace class
The land is gently sloping, about 30% incline so will include terraces to stop the downward flow of water, and which shall also be used as manure stores. For manure, we are targeting to use cow dung that has been through a biogas digester, mixed at about 10kg per square hole of dimensions 1′ wide x 1’ deep with spacing of 10’ between holes.
For intercropping we shall add ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in the next rain season that starts February next year.