This vegetable is very palatable and simple to cultivate. One can make it big from the cultivation of this vegetable.
What are the environmental requirements for planting Ewedu
Ewedu needs a well-drained loamy soil that is rich in organic nutrients. It needs a moderate rainfall level when planting is solely based on rainwater. However, with irrigation facilities, Ewedu can be planted at any time of the season. Nutrients can be supplemented in form of organic manure like poultry droppings or inorganic fertilizer like NPK and Urea as the soil is worked on.
Land preparation and pre-planting activities of planting Ewedu
A conventional tillage practice is best for planting Ewedu successfully. A soil that is well-pulverized aids root development and good growth. Also, poultry manure should be added fresh to the soil at about two weeks before planting. Before planting, it is imperative the seeds are treated with boiled water to aid fast germination and uniform growth. To do this, boil about 2 liters of water, suspend the seeds in the boiled with the aid of a cloth. Allow the seeds to stay in the boiled water for about one hour; you would notice the seeds become bigger. Dry the seeds and plant.
Planting method of Ewedu seeds
Ewedu is best planted on beds, like 1m by 5m. Organic fertilizers are incorporated in the beds at about two weeks before planting. There are various systems of planting seeds; we have broadcasting, dibbling, drilling etc.; for vegetable seeds, broadcasting and drilling are the best. In broadcasting, the seeds are evenly dispersed on the bed. In a drilling system, tiny channels are made across the bed with the finger; the seeds are poured on these channels and covered with soil slightly.
Post-planting activities of Ewedu cultivation
Harvesting of Ewedu plants
Ewedu has a short gestation period; it is ready to harvest at about 4-5 weeks after planting. Harvesting can be done by cutting the plant’s stem with a knife or uprooting the plants completely from the bed. Uprooting the plants completely from the beds is the best because it helps to conserve soil nutrient and rejuvenate the soil.