Update: City Hall Food Garden Project

It has been over a month since the first seeds were planted in the eThekwini Municipality city hall food garden (more on the project here).   The attached pictures show how the plants are progressing.  The growth of the plants has been excellent, which is expected in this rainy season.  A few plants have been taken during the night and the cabbages are being attacked by a pest.  The team working on the garden are trying to identify an appropriate organic solution for the cabbages.  The management team is also going to meet in the near future to decide on when to harvest the plants.  As some of the plants are being taken, an option is to harvest earlier than planned to ensure that TAFTA (the project beneficiary) receive a substantial harvest.

Vegetable seedlings

The cabbages

Beetroot

More beautiful than flowers?

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5 Responses to Update: City Hall Food Garden Project

  1. mol-d October 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    ja, i saw this the other day when i was down there.. great idea and impressive progress! gazanias might be an option for pest control?

  2. Smile October 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    I thought maybe marigolds or wild garlic would keep the pests away.

  3. emme October 13, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    it sucks that some plants are being nicked. not really surprising though, they look mighty tempting. i like that a ‘management team’ needs to decide when to harvest. will they brain storm it? host a 3 day conference? or just look at the plants and go ‘okay, you’re up.’

  4. Smile October 14, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    I guess its hungry peeps so that’s okay 🙂

  5. Travis October 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    No suprises that there’ve been some plants liberated for the revolution – a bunch of spinach costs R7, a cabbage more, so go figure. But as you say, Smile, least it’s hungry peeps doing the nicking. But it makes me wonder – who in their right mind thought that so much free veg – in the centre of the city, where hundreds of thousands of people, many of them living below the breadline, walk by every day – would actually make it to the TAFTA down the road intact?

    Ain’t gonna work.

    (Rather find roof space and allow the retired residents of the TAFTA to tend their own food source, maybe?)

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