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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2016-07-30 14:27:16
Subject: Cacao Field

We've done over 100 of these holes so far, preparing to plant cacao in December. Process is to make the holes 5 meters apart, dig out about a cubic yard of dirt, mix it with chicken manure and limestone, then fill the hole back in.

Eli and Tim have done a lot of work. It has taken us about two months to get this far, but we only have a few days left. Then we need to wait about six months before we plant the trees. The manure is very strong and will take that long to lose some of its potency, or as we call it "radioactivity".

I've also enjoyed working on this field. It has been my fitness program this Summer, though I cannot say it has put much of a dent in my waistline, but I have gotten some sun. :)

All the skinny shrubs are coffee plants. Some of them are producing, but not real well. Many are just taking up space. The man who sold them to Walter did not grow them properly. An engineer told us that the roots were not straight, so he left them in the nursery bags too long.

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