This booklet was developed for teachers, learners and community members who would like to learn more about food gardening. It forms part of an Imagine Durban Demonstration Project called The Mila Project, which worked closely with the learners and staff from Cato Crest Primary School and Glenridge Pre-Primary School. Please note, hard copies of the book are still available from the Imagine Durban office.
I got my guys at work to knock together a box dim (80cm x 35cm x 43cm deep) out of some old left over planks we had lying around. The bottom has a nice 5cm gap along the entire length in the middle which provides great drainage.
I followed your instructions on how to go about layering the box and planted some seedlings a little bit haphazardly, but the lettuce is growing super, almost time for a taster. I just mixed it up with some spring onions, chives, parsley, basil, a tomato plant, and some marigolds to lure the bugs.
So far so good I will be planting some beetroot and radishes in the visible gap. The soil level is about 15cm below the top on the wooden box which has been a huge advantage protecting the young seedlings from the pretty harsh Cape winds which have been decimating some of my other herbs. Watering everyday is proving to be essential.
Will keep you posted on the first fresh homegrown salad from the balcony. The little seedlings have a great view of ³the mountain² from there 😉
PS Photos are pretty low res.
After visiting the recent Sustainable City’s exhibition, and seeing the Giba Organics display, I was inspired to set up a permaculture vege patch in a series of containers, with a helping hand from Mr Wooden Spoon. It doesn’t look like it from the pics, but it was a hella windy day and topsoil, kraal manure and leaves were flying everywhere!
Check out our step by step photo-guide at our Flickr group or in the gallery below.
As a follow on from Niall’s post, here is a simple guide to building your own permaculture vegetable garden. It is supereasy and rewarding – here is an update on the food garden 2.0 just 11 days after Niall’s pic:
Anyhoo, now to the steps…