Tuesday 16th April 2019
Market Gardening
There are a number of market gardens in the south of Mahe where there are areas of flat ground suitable for cultivation.

On the hillside of Mare Anglaise above Beau Vallon, it takes a determined spirit to cultivate and grow produce.

Mr Moustache has used ingenuity to carve out small plots in his property on the hillside. Sufficient to grow greens, chillies, herbs and some tropical fruits.

These find a ready market in his shop on the main road.

There are particular challenges to this type of gardening in the tropics. While the warm climate encourages plants to grow quickly, it is also is good for weeds and invasive vegetation that threatens to overwhelm the plots.

Flatter ground allows mechanised cultivation and polytunnels to give some protection from the heavy tropical rains. On the hillside, cultivation is by hand and the rocks and stones are left in place to stabilise the ground from water erosion.

During drier weather, water is piped from an uphill stream to keep the plants healthy and thriving.

Where there is a will, there is a way.