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Lerai flourishing

10-09-2017
The vegetable garden at Lerai has been very productive this year. We sought advice and moved the garden to other side of the property last year. All of the vegetables grown at Lerai are used in the kitchens of Kikatiti and Ngorika. The result is a more varied, greener diet, and a sizable cost saving on the food budget.

The fields have now been entirely fenced off, and a drainage system has been devised. The latter was a challenge, and something new for the team, as the garden at Kikatiti does not experience the same amount of heavy rainfall. During the rainy season last year, Lerai generally turned into a kind of swamp, but this year, we were able to manage the water better. After several bad experiences, more thought was given to finding a suitable place for plants such as sweet potatoes, which are susceptible to too much water.

The trees are full of papayas and bananas, and we have an abundant supply of different types of cabbages, eggplants and spinach. Since April we have literally been harvesting the fruits of our tomato plants, and there seems to be no end to this growing season. All of this experience will be applied to the vegetable garden at Kikatiti. Although the garden there is considerably smaller, vegetables can be grown almost the entire year, including during the rainy season.
We have three permanent gardeners: Japeth at Kikatiti, William who is primarily responsible for Lerai, with the assistance of volunteer Gadiel. The older children at Ngroika also help out on some weekends.
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