Coastal Gardens and Their Magic
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Certainly, the villagers are acting on fertile land; when we called on Aamani, a woman shopkeeper in her early forties, in her garden in the new village one day, she was equipped with a machete, chopping at a small papaya tree. The tree, she explained, had dried up because all of the other trees on her plot had stolen its sunlight. Too many plants were coming up, competing with each other to make it, and in order to ensure the best possible yield from her garden, she was now pruning her plot. Laughingly, she exclaimed that she had probably overdone the planting of trees a little, because she had been so thrilled by the new prospect of
having a garden around her house, growing her own fruits and vegetables, which she could sell in her shop that she had established in the front room of her house. We talk about her shop. Shifting to the resettlement village had greatly improved her business; for one thing, more people come by her house now, supplying her with more local customers. For another, before moving there, she had kept all her goods on a small trolley and had had no room for storage, let alone a plot of land to supplement her stock of sellable vegetables and fruits at no cost. This meant that she would sometimes run out of goods, missing out on business, because she would only buy and store exactly what she expected to sell. Now, as she and my assistant agree, she has to reverse the process of growth, so to speak, and cut away plants to keep the cultivation more in check.