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Over the Winter we have seen a few changes. We welcome Alan Dawson Gardens who have moved in to the allotment near the canal. Bonnie has left us for a new career in Motherhood, all the best to her. We have a new allotment holder Matt, welcome.
The gardens them self have been growing rapidly as well as the weeds. This past week a lot of weeds were pulled out leaving the vegetables space to grow. The Spinach in the Winter garden is now ready for harvesting
The South Easter has started to blow, so the gardens will be requiring more water.
I look forward to the next workshop which is on Saturday 2 November.
There are still a few places available. Please email email@example.com to reserve your place.
Sonia, Shelley and Renata were full of SUN-shine when they created the
The J garden was past its prime and needed a huge rework.
Here Renata and Sonia discuss what seeds they are going to plant. Chili, Tomato, Bright Lights Spinach were decided upon.
Shelley found treasure of dozens of Calendula seedlings in Craig’s garden and proceeded to plant them in rows like the rays of the sun, radiating out from the pineapple.
The red poppies were left at the one corner and more lettuce was added.
The completed rework…. now all we need is a little rain, sunshine and patience.
A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
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Walking through Ariston this last week after the huge Winter rains was a real treat.
The “Gat” which is our storage of water for the Summer is almost full.
The poppy seedlings are taking over Matt’s new allotment.
The Worm garden is really establishing and all the plants are growing well.
The potatoes which we have been growing in tyres have sadly been eaten, but on the bright side the beetroot is growing strongly.
The ZTL garden is also establishing well.
Cara and Esther’s bulbs are a pretty as a picture.
The mustard is also starting to flower.
A new Buchu is waiting to be planted (Agathosma Crenulata)
The Lobostemon is making a pretty display.
The Apricot tree which was donated by Julia is full of blossom.
The Pink Marguerite s are cheery
The Nasturtium in the Healing garden has flowers too.
The Lupins are budding
Zayaan’s garden is looking really interesting.
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The course participants introducing them selves to each other. Here we have Colin, Carlene, Enid, Felicity, Penny-Jane, Erica, Linda and Marina.
The weather was perfect for gardening. The group divided themselves into 3 groups and each group created a different garden.
Compost, gardening tools, plants , old coke bottles and wood were all gathered up with which everyone used to create their gardens.
Everyone frantically busy creating their gardens.
Enid planting seeds. Enid looks after orphans in Kayalitsha and is starting to grow food to feed them.
Deep in design thought and discussion.
Linda sprinkling the crushed egg shells to deter the snails.
Even our resident Cape Angulate Tortoise came along to see what all the activity was all about.
Erica, Justin and Enid created “The Sweet Garden” due to the fact that a worm farm was incorporated, the vegetables planted are sweet and Lavender which will attract the bees.
Carlene and Felicity (Linda had to leave early) show us their “Pizza Garden” Fabulous to go outside and pick fresh produce for your Pizza!
Colin, Marina and Penny-Jane created a useful plants garden, consisting of herbal plants.
A wonderful fun workshop was had by all. After the last 2 days rain the plants will be growing actively in no time at all.
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The Lemon Tree is finally bearing better fruit.
The Winter Garden’s Beetroot
Bonnie’s broad beans are in full flower
Cara and Esther’s Spring bulbs.
Cara’s long slim Chili
Car’s Compost Heap starting to mature.
Craig’s Peas look strong
Crocosmia which has escaped.
The fennel is growing rampantly.
The rocket is flowering in the J garden.
The tomatoes in the J garden are forming even though they are suffering from seasonal rust.
June’s Hibiscus is full of buds.
Lavender which has been harvested.
The Pelargoniums are in full flower.
The Pink Marguerite is making a stunning display.
The Winter garden Tyre potatoes are needing the next tyre.
The Spring Oxalis is starting to show and in full bud.
Bonnie’s peas are also growing fast.
Bonnie’s Bright light spinach looking so healthy.
The worm garden after weeding. Yes all the plants are taking and starting to grow strongly.
Meet our participants Tristan and Robyn.
The morning was perfect for gardening, nice and cool and some good hard gardening to warm us up.
This month we have planted a garden using a new compost product from a company called
ZTL Organics (Zero to Landfill).
Zero to Landfill Organics food and garden waste compost is unique in that it contains high levels of nutrients which are broken down and stabilised during the composting process. Egg shells, seafood shells and bones supply high levels of Calcium, meat and fruit waste provides high levels of Nitrogen and Potassium, Coffee grounds are rich in Nitrogen and leaves and garden waste provide the carbon. Using food waste as an ingredient in our compost also saves water. The high moisture content of food waste makes it possible to compost dry material without using thousands of litres of precious water. Soil is mixed in to our compost to help to stabilise the nutrients and to make a rich potting mix that can be used in new beds and as a lawn dressing.
No need to add bone meal here! The chicken bone is evident there is enough Calcium in the mix.
Tristan getting stuck in with Robyn at his side.
We await to see how the garden will develop!
Taking a stroll around the “J” garden is a delight. The butter-nut which propagated from the worm compost is now sporting many flowers and 3 baby butter-nuts.
The “J” Garden’s worm propagated Tomatoes are starting to fruit. I have identified 3 different varieties.
In Craig’s Homoeopathic garden the Yarrow , is in full flower with lots of new growth showing.
Bonnie’s broccoli is just amazing, the heads are so huge.
The Calendula is bright and cheerful after all those rainy days. Full of seed waiting to be harvested.
The Lemon tree had a deformed lemon. I cam only assumed that some bug attacked it while it was forming. I am still going to eat it.
The Oregano planted in the “Worm Garden” has sprouted into life. As well as the Lemon grass, Rosemary, Winter Savoury and the tomatoes.
The tomatoes in the Worm Garden have been pruned and tied up the stakes.
Simum, my horticultural assistant, applying pipes to the planted watering coke bottle in the Winter garden where the tyre potatoes are being grown.
The potatoes in the Winter Garden ready for the next tyre.
June’s hibiscus giving some bright Winter cheer.
Walking around Ariston yesterday it was wet, wet, wet. So apologies for the poor quality photographs. The plants were loving the moisture and showing of to their best. Bonnie’s Brocolli is starting.
Bonnie’s Garden has really sprung up. Looking so good and healthy
The Cotton-Easter is full of berries warming up the day.
The Hypoestes making a wonderful lilac ribbon flower display.
Wow the surprise Butter-nut in the J garden is really grown and is sporting it’s first fruit.
Mustard has also escaped and taking over.
Another surprise in the J garden is what I presume to be a cucumber, time will tell.
The nettle in Craig’s garden is looking strong and ready for him to harvest.
In the Winter garden the potatoes are ready for their next layer of soil.
The tomatoes in the Worm garden are growing rampantly and needing their first prune and a bit of training on their trellis. The Sweet potatoes are starting to show.
Bonnie’s Cabbages are starting to swell.
Wow, such bounty we have living in the garden.