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Post  dhhatfield52 on 4/19/2010, 7:46 am

My housemate and I began a SFG in Lome at the end of Dec 09, and had some good results. We had to travel for work and just returned 2 weeks ago. Now we're starting again -- have planted 2 kinds of radishes, 2 kinds of basil, Brandywine tomatoes, eggplant, dill, chives and India mustard greens. The greens and radishes are already up after about 3 days. Corn and cucumbers will be planted today. The rainy season is starting so that will help cut down just a bit on the heat level.

I'm delighted to see this Africa forum and will tell my SFG colleagues here to check it out!

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Post  WardinWake on 4/19/2010, 10:41 am

dhhatfield52 wrote:My housemate and I began a SFG in Lome at the end of Dec 09, and had some good results. We had to travel for work and just returned 2 weeks ago. Now we're starting again -- have planted 2 kinds of radishes, 2 kinds of basil, Brandywine tomatoes, eggplant, dill, chives and India mustard greens. The greens and radishes are already up after about 3 days. Corn and cucumbers will be planted today. The rainy season is starting so that will help cut down just a bit on the heat level.

I'm delighted to see this Africa forum and will tell my SFG colleagues here to check it out!

Debbie

Back. Glad to see you made the trip to the states and are now back in Togo. Keep us informed on your gardens progress,

God Bless, Ward.
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Post  boffer on 4/19/2010, 10:51 am

Hi Debbie,

I thought I recognized the screen name when I helped with the registration problem. Didn't you post a couple times in the old forum? What kind of soil mix did you end up using since peat moss and vermiculite weren't available?
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Post  dhhatfield52 on 4/19/2010, 11:55 am

boffer wrote:Hi Debbie,

I thought I recognized the screen name when I helped with the registration problem. Didn't you post a couple times in the old forum? What kind of soil mix did you end up using since peat moss and vermiculite weren't available?

Hi Boffer,

Yes, I did reply in the old forum. Thanks for getting me re-registered in the new one. We have only been using our home-made compost. Still haven't found anything like peat moss and vermiculite. But things seem to be growing. I'll be able to monitor the garden better in the next weeks and see how it goes. I'm sure that some things will grow better in June, July, August when the temps drop a bit.

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Post  dhhatfield52 on 4/19/2010, 11:56 am

WardinWake wrote:
dhhatfield52 wrote:My housemate and I began a SFG in Lome at the end of Dec 09, and had some good results. We had to travel for work and just returned 2 weeks ago. Now we're starting again -- have planted 2 kinds of radishes, 2 kinds of basil, Brandywine tomatoes, eggplant, dill, chives and India mustard greens. The greens and radishes are already up after about 3 days. Corn and cucumbers will be planted today. The rainy season is starting so that will help cut down just a bit on the heat level.

I'm delighted to see this Africa forum and will tell my SFG colleagues here to check it out!

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Back. Glad to see you made the trip to the states and are now back in Togo. Keep us informed on your gardens progress,

Will do! Thanks, Debbioe

God Bless, Ward.

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Post  mckr3441 on 4/19/2010, 11:57 am

WOW! I love this Forum!!! People from all over the world!

It's wonderful to get a world view of gardening experiences. I hope you will post pictures as you progress. We all love pictures.

Welcome to the forums and have fun gardening.

Claire
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Post  dhhatfield52 on 4/19/2010, 5:06 pm

mckr3441 wrote:WOW! I love this Forum!!! People from all over the world!

It's wonderful to get a world view of gardening experiences. I hope you will post pictures as you progress. We all love pictures.

Welcome to the forums and have fun gardening.

Claire


I do plan to post some pictures! Just planted some corn, cucumbers, cowpeas and some greens (seeds I picked up in France). If all goes well, they'll all sprout within a week here. Photos to come

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Post  choksaw on 4/20/2010, 11:36 pm

excelent welcome to the forums it still amazes me to this day that the inetrnet is so huge that you can meet people from anywhere all over the world i look forward to seeing your garden and watching and learning how gardening is in africa its so awesome to be able to see things in places ive never been. id love to get some seeds from you and see what its like growing food from another country good luck with everything
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Post  dhhatfield52 on 4/21/2010, 6:21 pm

choksaw wrote:excelent welcome to the forums it still amazes me to this day that the inetrnet is so huge that you can meet people from anywhere all over the world i look forward to seeing your garden and watching and learning how gardening is in africa its so awesome to be able to see things in places ive never been. id love to get some seeds from you and see what its like growing food from another country good luck with everything

Hi! Actually, I'm an American living overseas. I've sorry to disappoint you, but the seeds I've planed so far were bought in the US or France. However, I will be investigating others ... I do have a moringa tree and a bread nut tree growing on my property, though not in the SFG. Definitely those weren't from the US or France.

The corn and cukes seems to be popping up now... planted the pre-soaked seeds on Sunday. :-)

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