Just after we arrived here at Kira Farm the students planted a just under an acre of tomatoes. They grew well and some had flowered then they were hit by something I had never heard of. Bacterial Wilt. I thought at first that they had wilted due to the heat, but it had rained, the soil was damp and I could see no reason for them to be wilting. After a week or so about one quarter of them looked ill. It turned out the same thing had happened last year but the conclusion then was that a student had got the roundup and the insecticide mixed up, or something like that. So. No tomatoes.
The area has now been planted in beans although a few hope filled students have kept some or all of their tomatoes as they seemed to be in areas where tomato death had occurred.
It is frustrating to have to plant an area twice within a month but hopefully beans are a sure winner. We now have large areas of white maize, upland rice, and beans. We also have a large cassava plot, and some sweet potatoes. We are about to plant out some carrots, collards, and onions. We’ll also plant some bell peppers (far from the tomato area – being in the same family (Solanaceae) they too will most likely be effected).
I am mastering the hoe, and although far from leathery (the local standard) my hands are toughening up.