Thanks for the responses. I have attached a picture of what we have done so far. Mulching and conservation holes for each plant have been done already. Unfortunately we are running on a very tight budget. I am looking for solutions that can be afforded by a person who can afford basics.
For example I am thinking of using animal manure, if ever we receive too much rain so that it absorbs heat as it decomposes. I am not sure of the effect on the plant itself or whether it actually works. I am also hoping that the mulch
that we put,in as much as it conserves water, it might also aid in absorbing too much water. These kind of simple solutions for now are the ones I am looking for until we can afford the bigger and better solutions. Any other ideas are most welcome.
As I mentioned the objective of my farming is to introduce sustainable agriculture in my area. The people
around me will adopt anything that proves to give a good yield. In order to sell
my idea, I have broken my aims in sub tasks. The first goal is to grow the common crop, which is maize, but employing permaculture
principles to produce a good yield. The intention is to prove that this method works and get people interested, using a crop that everyone is familiar with.
Second would be the introduction of indigenous
crops that are more drought resistant (still focusing on food crops) and also to introduce variety for nutritional value. Maize is the staple
crop and it is grown simply because that is the plant that is common and it has been grown for years. Little attention is paid to nutritional value or plants that adapt to the different farming areas and as a result we are caught in a cycle of food inadequacy year in and year out. So the second goal is aimed at food variety.
Third goal would now be to concentrate on conscious action to improve our environment, where it will be possible to convince people to invest in slightly expensive methods of improving soils, water conservation techniques....e.t.c, which is where most of the above suggestions would come into play so thank you in advance.
You can check out my blog to have an idea of the place I am dealing with. "www.abundnant .wordpress.com" its titled greentobrown