Well, not usually.
However, when uber-gardener Lawrence Qholloi decides to grow bananas (and coffee, mango and casava) – they do! “I am a bit obsessed with tropical fruit at the moment,” he laughs, plucking an almost ripe papaya from the tree inside his tunnel beside the mist-belt forest.
Clearly, the forest inspires him. “It is a perfect system, constantly recycling nutrients, generating huge biomass, and thriving with no inputs besides sunlight and water.” This resilient natural system is what he aims to replica….