The long and ‘painful” journey of our passionfruits

Back in May? or was it April, a friend and i embarked on a journey to grown passionfruit as a business, intercropping it with habanero pepper.

First, just the labour was a pain, clearing the mashland, little boys taking us for a ride, literally extorting money from us and producing a half decent job. They were meant to dig the trenches to carry water (they asked extra for this), and because these were not deep enough, this is what happened

These holes were meant to hold the passionfruit and habanero seedlings, we reckon they were deep and wide enough
These holes were meant to hold the passionfruit and habanero seedlings, we reckon they were deep and wide enough
when the rains came, this is what happened, at this stage, we were good for planting yams, because they enjoy this mashiness
when the rains came, this is what happened, at this stage, we were good for planting yams, because they enjoy this mashiness
The land is connected to something like 10 other farmers, so when one person does not dig their trenches deep enough, if your land is located in the valley, good luck to you!
The land is connected to something like 10 other farmers, so when one person does not dig their trenches deep enough, if your land is located in the valley, good luck to you!
But determined we were, these are trenches dug in preparation for the rain water
But determined we were, these are trenches dug in preparation for the rain water

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The land after it had been prepared. The whole area itself is more or less mashland, good for growing things like cabbage, tomatoes, maize, pepper but maybe not passionfruit?
The land after it had been prepared. The whole area itself is more or less mashland, good for growing things like cabbage, tomatoes, maize, pepper but maybe not passionfruit?

Almost defeated, very mad at this stage, i was just about ready to give up, what was the point? there was no way we would be able to plant in such an area. The rains kept coming, and if we were to wait until the water levels went down, this meant that every season, we would be subjected to these levels of rain and as such the field would get flooded.

Since we did not want to plant yams, we decided to sit it out and think…..

stay tuned for what came next…

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