HELP! Eremurus - Afghanistan crops

Diane Whitehead
Sat, 25 Jan 2003 22:58:15 PST
In the 1970s dried fruit made up about half of Afghanistan's exports. 
Apples, grapes and pomegranates were grown under irrigation, just 
like California's crops.  (I was amazed at how much of the Colorado 
River has to be diverted to water Indio's date palms). Bombing has 
destroyed the irrigation canals, and there have been several years of 

Opium poppies are a hardy annual which begin growing in the fall. 
I'm not sure how that works.  Maybe it's like fall-sown wheat on the 
prairies - it grows a bit and then gets covered with snow, I think. I 
wonder if drought also means no snow?

I think a lot of bulbs survive cultivation because they grow deeper 
than the farmers plow, though I wonder how seedlings cope.  Maybe 
they grow deep fast.

		Diane Whitehead

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