During each CBT stay, in addition to living with the family, we complete a series of Trainee Directed Activities (TDA), which differ for each sector. For our TDA, our group created a garden endowed The Garden of Sereernity.
The Garden on Sereernity contains:
2 Compost piles
Three 3x1m beds growing lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bissap, bitter tomato, green onion, okra, eggplant, hot pepper, turnip, cabbage, and carrots.
Four 2x2m beds growing rice, beans, corn, sorghum and millet.
1 1x1m bed for seeding transplants (which we’ve transplanted!) with lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, cabbage, hot pepper, eggplant, okra, and bitter tomato.
1 1×1 Moringa intensive bed
Tree nursery growing Acacia nillotica (a thorny live fence species)
Pictures of the Garden of Sereernity
Compost piles hard at work decomposing. Both used to be 1x1m uniform squares and are now mounds less than half a meter tall. The one on the left is an older pile (~1 month old) that’s just been turned, the right is a few weeks old.
Moringa Intensive Bed. The upper right corner isn’t doing so hot because of its proximity to the eucalyptus tree, an allelopathic species, which releases biochemicals into the soil through its roots and leaves which can hinder the growth of nearby plants.
Inside the Moringa bed. The main purpose of this bed is to create a high density of leaves which can be easily harvested. Once the trees reach 1m, they will be stripped, cut back, and then regrow, branching out and producing more leaves.
4x4m beds of field crops. Far left is corn, middle is millet, closest to fence are beans, top right corner is rice, and bottom right corner is sorghum. Half of each bed is mulched and the other half is left bare to tangibly demonstrate the benefits of using leaf mulch to improve water retention. It was very clear by the end of our stay that the plants on the mulched half grew more vigorously since the soil retained more water and remained cooler throughout the day.
Three 3x1m garden beds, double dug and amended with compost, wood ash, and manure. Fellow Sereer’s, Cecelia and Brennan, in the background.