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【转载】种菜——忆加纳(十四)Growing Vegetables  

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种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚    旅馆左侧的花园里,有一块草坪闲置了很久,杂草丛生。一位老大姐提出种些蔬菜,改善一下伙食。加纳人一般不吃国内的茄子、黄瓜、豆角之类的蔬菜,很少有人种,要么专门给外国人种,因此特别贵。老板让回国休假的同事捎来一些种子,再找工人拔除杂草,松平土壤,这就开种了,品种包括黄瓜、豆角、西红柿、茄子和青椒,对了, 还有白菜,这个加纳绝对买不到!
    
种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚播种一个礼拜后,所有蔬菜基本都发芽了,又过了一个礼拜,小苗有一寸高了。有空的时候,同事们都爱到菜地里转转,看看蔬菜的长势,还可以呼吸呼吸新鲜空气,交流交流思想——菜地成了我们的社交场。
    过了几周,各种蔬菜先后都开花结果了,尤其是白菜长势不错,大家都盼着快点长大好吃白菜馅饺子。可天不遂人愿,又过了一个礼拜,白菜的叶子变黄,根也开始腐烂,就是找不出原因。大家猜可能是气候的问题,白菜生长需要凉爽的气候,当时虽然是旱季,可仍然很热。没办法,只能将剩余的白菜提早采摘,勉强做了一顿饺子。虽然味道不如国内的好,但聊胜于无啊!
种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚    其他的蔬菜尽管长得不是很壮实,但还是结出了果实。黄瓜结得最多,虽个头小点,味道很香,和国内的一样;西红柿长得个不大,但味道很浓,一般大厨都做糖拌西红柿。后来茄子和青椒也有所收获,但不多。我们总结经验,认为蔬菜也会水土不服,毕竟从国内带来的种子只适合北方的气候,不适应这里的高温环境,所以长不好。一次,当地工人给我带来些黄瓜,个头很大,但是一点也不好吃,没有黄瓜味。他说这种黄瓜是本地种,长得很好,结果很多。我就向他要了些种子种上,果然如此!
    
种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚在菜地的边缘,我们发现一颗奇怪的植物,有半人高,叶子细长,和朝天椒差不多,当时已开出了白色的小花,但没有果实,我们猜测是辣椒,就为它松土浇水,不久就结果了,果然是辣椒,绿色的,有点像杭椒,但个个都辣。大厨总是把它切成小段,浇上热油,做成辣椒油,非常开胃。那时候发胖可能与此有关!

种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚
    旅馆围墙内是一圈环形的花池,种着一些花草,由于疏于管理,多半都已枯萎。助手Sam告诉我当地的主食木薯非常容易种植,只要找来枝条,插在地上,不用浇水,一年后就可以收获。这时刚好雨季要开始了,所以我向他要了一些枝条想试种一下。他很热情,给我拿来一大抱。按照他教的方法,用小铲挖个坑,将枝条插下,将土踩实,也没浇水。不
种菜——忆加纳(十二)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚
久,干干的凸枝真的长出新叶,由于工作忙,平时很少关注它们,过了几个月,居然长得比我还高!临回国时,木薯已经是枝繁叶茂了,本来想挖开一个看看木薯长多大了,可又一想,也不吃,还不如让它好好生长着吧。就这样,把它们留在了加纳,那是唯一在加纳生活的痕迹,它们应该还在那里生长着,而且早已成片连荫了!原来总以为在加纳没留下什么念想,可是后来想到了它们,亲手种植的木薯,也算不虚此行吧!

种菜——忆加纳(十四)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚

In the garden on the left of the hotel there was a patch of deserted
lawn with a lot of weed springing up for long. Our elder sister suggested
growing some Chinese vegetables in the lawn to improve the quality of our diet. Normally Ghanaians
didn’t grow vegetables such as eggplants, cucumbers, and green beans because
they seldom eat them. Though they sometimes grew some it was only for
foreigners so these vegetables were very expensive. Our boss asked a colleague
who went back to China for vacation to bring some seeds and arranged a worker
to clear the weed and loose the earth, this way our vegetable field was established.
We planted a lot of vegetables such as cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes,
eggplants, and green peppers. Right, we also grew Chinese cabbage which could not
be found in Ghana.



A week later after the sowing almost all the seeds sprouted and
another week later the seedlings were 1 inch tall. Our colleagues would take a
stroll in the field when free to check the growth of the vegetables. There we
could not only take some fresh air but also exchange ideas—the vegetable field
had become our socializing site.

种菜——忆加纳(十四)Growing Vegetables - 飚 - 飚




After a few weeks all the vegetables began to blossom and yield
fruit, the Chinese cabbages grew especially well and everybody wanted them to
grow quickly so that we could eat cabbage dumplings. Unfortunately after another
week the leaves of cabbage began to turn yellow and the root rot, but we could
not find the cause. We guessed that it might has something to do with the
weather because Chinese cabbage need cool temperature to grow and though we
planted the cabbages in dry season in Ghana it was still too hot for them. Well,
nothing could be done, we had to harvest the cabbage and make Chinese dumpling
with it. The taste was not that good as in China, but half a loaf is better
than no bread!



Luckily the other vegetables were bearing fruit though the plants
were nor so strong. The cucumber plants bore the most fruit which were not big
but tasted good; tomatoes were not big too but tasted very genuine so the chef
usually made Fresh Tomato Pieces with
Sugar. Later green pepper and eggplant were also ripe but the yield was
low. Summing up the experience we concluded that the vegetables, just like
human beings, were also climate-specific. The seeds which were brought from
north of China could not adapt to high temperature here. Once, a local worker
brought some local cucumber to us, which were very big but didn’t taste good. He
told me this was local breed and grew well with more fruit. So I asked him to
give me some seeds and then planted them, and it turned out exactly as what he
said.



    At the edge of the vegetable field we found
a unique plant which was half a person’s height with long and narrow leaves,
just like Chinese pod pepper. The plant had already blossomed with little white
flowers but had no fruit. We guessed that it must be a kind of pepper so we
loosed the earth for it and watered it. Soon it really bore fruit just like
Hangzhou pepper which are usually not all spice, but the fruit from this plant
was all spicy. Our chef usually cut the pepper into long pieces and poured very
hot oil on them to make pepper oil, very appetizing. I think it has something
to do with my gaining weight then.



Around the inside walls of the hotel yard there were some round
flower ponds, in which there were some flowers. But due to poor caretaking, almost
all were withered. My assistant Sam told me that the local staple food cassava
was very easy to grow. Just cutting some branches and inserting them into the
ground they would grow even without watering and a year later they would be
ready for harvest. It was just the beginning of rainy season, so I asked him to
bring some branches for me but he brought a large bundle. That was too many!
According to what he said I dug some small holes and put the branches in, then
tread the earth down without any watering. Soon the branches really sprouted
some new leaves. I was very busy then and had no time to tender these cassava
plants, but to my surprise after several months they grew even taller than me.



Before homecoming, the cassava I planted had flourished with exuberant
foliage. I intended to dig one up to see how big the root was, but on second
thought I decided to leave them to grow alone cause I would not eat it, so why
not just let them grow freely. As the only trace of my staying in Ghana, I
believe they are still there, already growing into big shrubs! Before writing
this article I always thought my stay in Ghana was just a dream with nothing tangible
to remember, but now I am sure that it was not just a dream at
all because I have at least these cassava shrubs planted by me in that little
hotel in Accra, Ghana!



 

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