Here we’re presenting you with images of the Neem seedlings planted in late 2010 and how they’ve fared since constructing the mud walls to protect them.
During the dry season, animals and fowls roam freely wherever they like as there are virtually no fences on property. So it’s important to build the walls around plants so they can establish themselves otherwise chickens and guinea fowl, in particular, peck at their bases and often break the fragile stems.
We figured this must be the Ghana version of making mud pies, only getting dirty, in this case, has a practical purpose. It was impossible to stop the village children from helping out early on, so they jumped in and made a morning of it. Fortunately, it was the dry Harmattan season and, although it’s sunny, it was warm, not hot.
Look out for more another post coming shortly showing all the kids involved in helping out that day.