So our experiment on going green went fairly well. I must say it turned out to need more work than I had anticipated. On thing I had not factored in was going back to work and the time needed to pay close attention to my bottled crop! To my surprise I had to weed the crop! But looking on the bright side I could hardly keep up with the baby spinach! They would seldom over grow because we were not able to eat them fast enough. Well now that is a good problem because I now know how to have fresh baby spinach for daily use.
The berries were the best! I must say I loved the harvest. For the next planting I will grow more berry plants to increase my yield. The fruit was oval shaped red in colour, sweet to the taste and very juicy. Strawberries are great for snacking while walking round your back yard! Then my wife made an even better snack with strawberry, pineapple in a chocolate dip oooooh awesome! These little things are the very ones that motivate one to keep on going.
The kales were average on performance and possibly i’ll consider bigger cans next time. The tomatoes did not do very well because they have an extensive root system and the containers used were not too big. One thing I am glad about is that the birds were very kind and did not harvest my berries! Perhaps now that the weather has changed and the temperatures are raising there will be less to forage for them and they my want to share my produce 🙂
For the potatoes we are still waiting for them to flower and then we can start thinking about harvest. I’m keen to find out how much we will get out of our two lines of seed!
We also have a cho cho that is growing. Cho cho are very nutritious and make excellent chutney! Rich in amino acids and Vitamin C.
1Cho cho juice is an excellent herbal remedy for high blood pressure. It is effective in reducing hypertension and the result is that many people partake of it just for this reason. It is also a good medicinal herb for natural weight loss because it possesses 90% water, which makes it a priority both for the obese people and for those who suffer diabetes.
They also make good vegetable salad or as a complimentary veggie in your meal. They can be stir fried and are quite tender. Cho chos are not very common but you’ll come across them in the grocery stores. They make excellent climbers and i’m currently attempting to train one but it suffers many setbacks when the gardener trims the hedges and does not pay attention to my little cho cho plants!!!
In then near future I want to bring a local chicken for eggs. So that we can have fresh eggs daily! Not long ago we had a pair that produced eggs every other day that was great and a huge saving. As for our main practice quail farming we hope to resume commercial production before the end of the year. We took a break and now the demand is quite high. In last three months I have co-facilitated a Quail farmers workshop in Nairobi, which has been very well attended in the training sessions we try to demystify the nutritional facts of the value of quail eggs and meat. My hope is that we can form a quail farmers community so that we can improve production and enforce production standards.
So in a nutshell going green is not just fun in my case it was also sweet!
1 Online source: http://www.medicinalherbs-4u.com/chocho.html , accessed 16/9/2013
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