Monday, June 27, 2011

Frost Bites!

It FROZE at Namwianga on Saturday night! Roy Merritt writes this report:

Zambia usually enjoys chilly, but sunny winters. We never have snow, and frost once every three years or so. A couple days ago we had the hardest frost we’ve experienced since 1980. It wiped out our tomato patch! Quite a blow for us, but overwhelming damage to small farmers who depend on vegetable sales for their livelihood.

Frost got the leaves but not the stems. We hope the plants will recover, but meanwhile we’ll have fried green tomatoes by the bushel.

The rest of our garden is okay—cabbages, onions and canola greens.

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