Only two days to go til planting season, Spriggers! So grab your seeds and get ready to plant South Africa… Planting Season is an initiative to get South Africans to plant an organic vegetable in their home or office on 23rd September.
Add your name to the list and learn the basics of organic gardening from some of the top experts in the country! Don’t forget to take photos and upload to the site. You can see the photo gallery here.
“Located in the scenic Amathole region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, Essential Amathole has been established to produce a range of organic essential oils and medicinal plant extracts for the global market”.
Still and nursery in Hogsback
As many of you know, I keep returning to Hogsback, and Essential Amathole is one of the reasons. This initiative follows an incredible approach to sustainable rural economic development in 4 ways. Firstly, it is based on a public-private-community partnership.
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:
Khanyisa Projects is assisting in the implementation of community garden projects in the eThekwini Municipality as part of the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Programme. The garden groups (from KwaMashu, Mzinyathi & Maphephetheni) will be selling their produce at the I Heart Market between 8h30 – 13h00 on Saturday, 11 July at St Mary’s Church in Windermere Rd, Greyville (next to Bean Bag Bohemia).
Stock up on organically grown veggies and support the growers in their endeavours. Contact Bev 072 425 2754
Inspired by the Durban Botanic Gardens permaculture course we attended, my mom and myself set about creating a small garden of our own. We first created the border of the bed using old bricks we found in the garden. We then layered the bed with cardboard, then dead organic matter (dry leaves), then live organic matter (green lives), then activator (kraal manure) and lastly topsoil. The entire mix was about two bricks high.
We then set about planting the bed with a mixture of seedlings and seeds. We alternated rows between plants that grow up (such as lettuce) and plants that grow down (such as carrots) as these plants require different nutrients from the soil. We planted broccoli, spinach, carrots, radish, egg plant, green pepper, lettuce, green beans and spring onions, with marigolds interspersed throughout to deter pests.
Lastly, we put a thick mulching (of dry grass) on top of the soil and watered heavily. This was just over a week ago and my mom has reported that some of the seedlings are already up. Will visit her on the weekend with my camera and report back next week.