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GARDENING TIPS: Planting root crops

? Yaqona cuttings are usually planted in the morning before the sun is very hot. A plot can consist of 3-5 cuttings if one is planting normal, and more than six if one is using the lovo style.

? The best soil for yaqona is land that is being planted for the first time (virgin soil) or for the second time. Land that has been left unplanted for more than five years can also be considered.

? A plot needs to be dug with the soil to be nicely prepared. Small rocks need to be thrown away because too much heat from the sun can heat up the rocks and burn the cuttings.

? After planting, the plot needs to be covered to protect the young plants from the heat as it begins to sprout.

? Because yaqona takes 3-5 years to mature, dalo is usually planted in between plots. This will act as another source of income and also provide food.

? Tavioka is not recommended to be planted within the plot because during uprooting it can damage the root of the yaqona plant, which is the most prized part of the plant.

? Weeding is usually done once a month.

? The Marines of Dravuwalu do not rely on any man-made manure because they believe their land is still very fertile.



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