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Gardern Management

Failing to plan is deemed as planning to fail. Plan a small-scale gardening but very rewarding.

An achievement is not measured by the input but by the output. That's why it is better to embark on a simple project that will surely have a great positive impact in your life than to attempt a big project without any gain at all.

A good plan should reflect on the climate; water resource; the planting materials; and pesticides. It should also address some of the challenges, and alternatives to the same. For instance how and where to get the necessary fencing materials.

Of course a major setback that needs to be looked into is water scarcity.

Due to high rate of poverty here in Malawi most of us do not have our own water pipes or wells at our compounds. As a result we tend to overcrowd at communal sources to draw water.

Measuring the land:
The area of your garden depends on the available land resource. But it is paramount to note that a relatively small garden is easy to manage hence more likely to produce high yields.

On the onset of your ground work your task is to assemble all the required fencing materials.

But owing to the high cost of living, you can look for cheap and/or locally available materials such as wood, grass, and strings.

Get ready with viable and sufficient planting materials, whether seeds, stems, or otherwise.

Your fencing structure shall bar any stray livestock and/or children from causing damage to your crops.

Erect your structure in such away that it has no potential to overshadow the plants from the sunlight which is required for photosynthesis.

Agriculturists do lobby for a fine tillage which includes the removal of stones - if any - from the soil.

You can now prepare beds... and for purposes of conserving water it is advisable to dig basin-like planting stations.

At least before planting or transplanting, pour some water at each station.

There and then the garden is ready for planting.

Some crops whose seeds are very much small require that you sow them on a separate nursery bed. The seedlings are ready for transplanting only when they're well developed.

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