Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gardens in PNG

We discovered gardening in PNG is hard work. Around Nobnob mountain most of the gardens were on very steep slopes where they could catch the most sun. First they must clear all the brush and trees, and cut the vines. Then once the cut brush has dried, they burn the whole area, and then plant everything among the stubble. A bush knife is one thing a Papua New Guinean (man and women) carry with them everywhere. It is the tool they use for everything. Some of them also use a spade to help plant things, but often just a stick is used. Here, waspapa took Doug on a tour of his garden and some surrounding gardens. These are some of the foods grown in PNG: taro, yam, kau kau, tapiok (starchy, potato-like foods), various greens called tulip, pit pit, pumpkin kru, and then the delicious fruit trees, like papaya, all sorts of bananas, coconut, pineapple, and mango.

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