It is over two months since we planted our first seeds and after a good start our seedlings are thriving despite the unwanted attention of crickets. Some of the seedlings are now 35 cm tall and will be ready to plant out within a few weeks.
Most rewarding for us is the fact that two of the communities have planted additional seeds themselves and so applied some of the skills that we hoped they would acquire. Below you can see a new batch of seeds being planted at Palacios.
Crickets are a persistent if minor problem. Together with nocturnal species which decapitate the seedlings we also have smaller day ones which eat the leaves. In order to stem this growing problem we opted to fumigate the nursery. We only have three years to get our system working and so losing a year to crickets could have a big knock-on effect.