The Shirè highlands (East Central Africa) as colony and mission
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: John Buchanan
Excerpt from book: 60 CHAPTER III. GARDENING AND AGRICULTURAL WORK AT BLANTYRE AND ZOMBA. Garden work begun, October 1876Home vegetable seeds first sownTomatoes and peas succeedMelons failIn 1877 garden terraced and irrigatedFresh seeds from Grahamstown In 1878 plants of coffee, tea, vine and fruit trees of eleven different sorts Flowers, European and native Vegetables Avenue of Eucalyptus globulusFine cypressesExperience at Mlungusi since 1881Making of a sugar-mill of wood Evaporating pots of clayNew wooden mill in 1883 makes two tons of sugarIron mill ordered in Glasgow in 1885Coffee- plants raised from seed of one bushNow twenty acres of coffee at ZombaCoffee the chief hope of the Shire highlands. Appendix on Livingstone's work done for the Shire river and highlands from 1856 to 1863. It may be interesting to give a brief account of garden and agricultural work in the Shire highlands. On the arrival of the Mission party in October 1876, the first thing in the way of gardening was the selection of a small piece of ground in which to sow a small quantity of vegetable seeds. A gardener fresh from home is very apt to look for soil GARDENING BEGUN. 61 such as he has been accustomed to. He feels the need of a little leaf-mould, wonders if turf can't be had: and the compost to be completed would be all right if he only had a little of that silver sand he saw on the Zambesi and Shire. Let him at once give up the idea of expecting to find anything just so suitable, and make the best of what he has. Leaf-mould is to be had by collecting the decayed leaves and vegetation along the banks of streams: but it is often worthless stuff, with little or no strength in it, and parts readily with moisture. Turf is not to be had at all, as there is no such thing as permanent pa...