Activities performed on our coconut plantations during
the months of Jan, Feb & Mar 2016
Activities in January:
- Organic fertilizing of coconut plants in the nursery.
- Planting coconut seeds in the nursery.
- Lot division.
- Placement of ‘cushions’.
- Activating new drip system.
1. Organic fertilizing of coconut plants in the nursery.
We performed maintenance on the coconut trees in the nursery to ensure that they become healthy and vigorous plants. Our goal is to have all the plants ready at the time when it is ideal to transplant them to the fields. The primary activity to make this happen is the organic fertilization of every plant which provides the essential elements that the plant requires. Once the organic fertilizer is applied the plants are irrigated allowing them to absorb it more easily.
The organic fertilizer used for applications in the nurseries is:(11-44-0) monoammonium phosphate, muriate of potassium (0-0 – 60) and nitro esten Z-40.
2. Planting coconut seeds in the nursery.
We received our coconut seeds from the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. All the seeds were placed in the raised framed beds created in the nursery. Here is where the plants remain while they germinate; at that time they will be transferred to bags of soil prepared to ensure a strong start. Once they are the appropriate size, they will be moved to field.
3. Lot division.
We do not subdivide an area into lots until after we have finished planting the coconuts. For this reason, we were able to start this process in January. The surveyors used GPS coordinates to create the outlines and placed stones and stakes as physical markers. They prepared a total of 7 lots.
4. Placement of ‘cushions’.
This new activity was performed across our coconut plantations and is a very important technique in keeping moisture in the ground. This process also creates additional nutrients made available to the plant as the cushion decomposes.
5. Activating new drip system.
A project of wide ranging impact was the activation of the drip irrigation system. After a lot of man-hours of work laying and testing the pipes, we turned the system on ensuring that every single plant would be watered during the dry season.
Activities in February and March:
- Plant maintenance in nursery.
- Digging holes for planting.
We continued irrigating all plants in our coconut plantations and in the nursery to make sure that we avoid any deaths through dehydration. The irrigation water travels via pipes to the plants and the water itself is moved from the wells to the fields by tractor. This process is currently being carried out by two tractors assuring no delays in the delivery of the water to where its needed. (At the time of this writing the rains have begun with a vengeance).
2. Plant maintenance in nursery.
An extensive amount of time was spent on disinfecting the coconut seeds, eliminating any insects that might have been hiding in the plan; we didn’t want any harmful pathogens that could cause problems for the plants as they grew. Prior to spraying we wet down the coconut seeds so that the insecticide and fungicide will have more efficacy.
3. Digging holes for planting.
In advance of beginning another round of planting we start the process of digging 1000’s of new holes. This is done with the help of a tractor carrying an auger drill. This tool combination makes this activity go as fast and as consistent as possible.