Vegetables all year round

As illustrated by Mrs Mpungu Elizabeth, Chairperson, CELAC Masaka District Farmers Network

Vegetables are necessary for the human body because of their high food nutrition values. As such, it is important to have them readily available all year round. Below is one way how to do so: –

  1. Locate a suitable place and clear the area of 9 X 9 feet. It should not have any grass or plants .
  2. Surround this choosen area with fresh banana stems. this prevents soil erosion in the event of rainfall.
  3. Get 4 wheelbarrows of soil and thoroughly mix it with another 4 wheelbarrows of manure
  4. Pile this mixed soil and manure in the cleared 9 X 9 ft space, making sure that you do not over pile it because it will be washed away with the rains
  5. In the middle of your pile, make a deep hole that reaches the ground. Surround this hole with flowers or neatly woven bamboo sticks. This is the hole within which you will our water periodically and/or manure when need be. This sips out the the rest of the piled soil, thereby maintaining fertile soils all year round.
  6. You can now plant your vegetables around the remaining area of the piled soil

Mrs Mpungu illutrates how the “ekimuli kya enva” should have been made

Mulopi Joseph illustrates how he made his “ekimuli kya enva”

The photo on the left: Mrs Mpungu (in purple tshirt) points out the mistakes made to Cissy Sserunjogi from CELAC Luwero (in cream sweater) while preparing the vegetable garden. Ms Nangonzi Alice, the owner of the garden looks on with her son in teh background

The photo on the right: Mr Mulopi Joseph explains to Margreet from hivos and BROSDI Staff (all not in picture) how he made his vegetable garden

Mrs Mpungu says that one needs to feel free to make the pile as desired but with the knowledge that for every 9 X 9ft, you need 4 wheelbarrows of soil and 4 of manure. Also, recommended vegetables are greens vegetables, carrots, onions, tomatoes and many others. Avoid those that require large expanses of land like beans, cabbage, cauliflower and the like.
Additional information:

  1. Vegetables are nutrient dense. Vegetables pack a lot of nutrition into a minimum of calories.
  2. Veggies are a dieter’s best partner. Vegetables get top billing on any fat-control diet because most are “free foods,” meaning you can eat an unlimited amount without having to count the calories.
  3. You can fill up for less. Because of the fiber in vegetables, you get fuller faster; which is another reason why it’s nearly impossible to overeat veggies.
  4. Vegetables are fat-free and cholesterol-free. All vegetables by definition are cholesterol-free and for all practical purposes, fat-free.
  5. Variety, variety, variety. Diversity makes life interesting.
  6. Vegetables provide complex carbohydrates. The energy in vegetables is in the form of complex carbohydrates.
  7. Vegetables contain cancer-fighting phytos. New research, especially in the field of cancer, is showing that vegetables are nature’s best health foods.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Robert Michel

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  2. Posted by Opifeni Kenneth on May 19, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I want to thank BROSDI so much for the work its doing for the people of Uganda to change their lives, attitude to wards poverty. I so much want such knowledge to also reach my home District Arua. Thanks to BROSDI, May GOD bless your work.

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  3. Posted by Naomi Maselle on May 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I met Edina and Mary of BROSID some time ago. I real thank you very much for the well done work you are doing to the farmers of Uganda I hope through this exchange many farmers will learn from each other and utilize this useful information.

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  4. Posted by Eric Ikoona on May 30, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    This is great, I mean it is wonderful that this is happening in a resource limited setting such as Uganda. Thank you Edna and your team for making it happen. I believe that with this kind of information sharing many people will be empowered to produce food for themselves. I wish resources could be identified to expand this very creative and innovative intervention. Indeed vegetables all year round is amazing.

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  5. Posted by LWASA WILLIAM on July 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

    A great work you are doing;kindly give me ome info on bee keeping!!

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