Lisoka Estate Malawi - March 2016

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 Below are series of both one and now two year old plantings at Lisoka Estate, showing their progress over the past few years.

 

 

 Below is a series of pics taken of a block planted in 2015

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Plantings in Jan 2015

 

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Nov 2015 For the first year plants are irrigated during the 8 month dry season

 

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 March 2016 - The investment in irrigating during the fist seasons is plain to see

 

 

Below is a series of pics taken of a block planted in 2014

Despite enduring one of the driest periods in thirty years, with no rain for almost 8 months; the two years and old bamboo that received no irrigation, bounced back with remarkable resilience when the long awaited rains returned. 

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 Pic taken in March 2014 just after planting

 

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Pic taken in March 2015

 

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Pic of the same block taken in Oct 2015 - no irrigation given during the dry season

 

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 Pic Taken in Mar 2016. Plants are now thriving along side a nitrogen fixing cover crop

 

 

Blow is a series of pics taken in October 2015 showing the bamboo at the peak of the dry season

you can clearly see the difference watering the first years plantings makes

 

Below is a series of pics taken in March 2016 of both old and new plantings