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The week that was . . .

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the July 29th, 2009

We have been without electricity for 3 days now. It is just our street that is down but we have been told that it will only be fixed when the municipal strike is over. Hmmmm. In the meantime we are “borrowing” power from the neighbours in the street behind us via long extensions. Helps to be in the film industry at times like this.

I gave a talk at Delta Park last week. Afterwards we watched them planting a “tower” vegetable garden. Very impressive use of small space. It is an innovative and water wise method of planting vegetables that has been brought here by the Dept of Water Affairs and Forestry from Kenya. Vegetables are grown in a column of soil.
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A circle of poles (bamboo for eg) is covered by shadecloth or sacking and the resulting column is filled up with earth. As you fill, a central core of stones is placed using a bottomless bucket that is moved up as the earth covers the stones. This is for drainage. Veggies are planted in holes cut in the shadecloth.

Another event I attended last week was the opening of Garden World’s Spring Festival. It is well worth going to visit – most especially to see my friend Caro’s gorgeous Gold award winning “Room to Grow” vegetable garden. If you need any incentive to see how beautiful vegetable gardens can be – this is it.
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South Africa’s Chelsea entry is also there and it is transporting – the designers did us proud.

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I was horrified to see that the winning garden’s beautiful green lawn was plastic!!! At a time when we are all becoming increasingly organic and aware of our environment – how can they give the first prize to a designer who uses astroturf??? Definitely a thumbs down from me on that one. But – go and see for yourself and see what you think . . .

And here is an oooh aaah vegetable – my cheddar cauliflower – doesn’t it look YUM! (And it tastes YUM too . . . )

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  1. Avid Gardener said,

    on August 4th, 2009 at 9:14 am

    The Cheddar cauli looks gorgeous!

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