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Cooking on Egoli Gas

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the December 10th, 2009

A quick update on the VEG project: Vegetables for Egoli Gas is growing! I visited their gardens last week and they have made great progress. After clearing the land they enriched their beds with Earth to Earth compost. (Everything that was cleared went into a huge new compost pile.) Seeds (kindly donated by Mayford Seeds) were planted just before the spring rains began. With the help of some Neutrog organic fertiliser the seedlings are looking great.


Delicious Tour

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the December 9th, 2009

Earlier this year I received an email from Annaliese in Grahamstown, asking if I would be interested in giving a workshop there if the Grahamstown Garden & Home club paid for my flight and accommodation. Absolutely! I haven’t been to Grahamstown since 1997 so I jumped at the opportunity. Keith and I both went down and we stayed on for a week as my cousin Mindy and her husband Robert live on a farm near there (along a legendary “bad road” . . .)

The morning we left Johannesburg it was below ten degrees, with an icy wind whipping the rain into a miserable day. Very unreasonable and unseasonable of Jo’burg in November. Grahamstown was the opposite: 37 degrees of dry heat. The response to the workshop had been so good that the venue had moved from a hall to a large garden of one of the club’s members. Celeste’s indigenous, flowing garden was the perfect place for the workshop.

The 40 plus attendees sat under large umbrellas while I was lucky enough to have a pergola over me (I might have melted otherwise. )
The garden club members laid on a glorious spread of cakes and snacks: tiers of luscious cup cakes, mouthwatering swirly sweet bites and perfect sandwiches. These Eastern Cape girls know how to entertain . . .
They had also organised a host of prizes, goodie bags filled with seeds, organic fertiliser, magazines etc. Everybody went home inspired and content.

Thanks particularly to: Karen for an historic night’s stay at her High Corner guest house, Anneliese and Mark for the use of their oh so comfy self catering cottage on their farm, Aloe Ridge, just outside Grahamstown and Celeste, for opening her home and garden to host the event.

We spent a few days at Port Alfred, staying at a spot right on the beach. Here is a drawing of the view.
This was an inspiring veg garden at the nearby town of Kenton-on-Sea.

We then went back to Grahamstown for a Thanksgiving dinner party where we ate huge amounts of food before braving the “legendary road” to Mindy and Robert’s farm. It is nestled in a valley with a rambling homestead.
Some of it is old and some only recently completed. Mindy and Robert hosted a poetry reading by Joan Meterlekamp from her latest book Burnt Offering. This was the christening event of Mindy’s new workshop and creative space, an airy double volume beautiful building.

Joan’s powerful words echoed in my head for days after, while swimming in the dam, playing with the two bright spark puppies, picking vegetables from the vast veggie garden and drinking Robert’s Green Goodness (a kick-start-to-the-day brew of spinach, lettuce and ginger juice.)

It was a good trip – and Grahamstown, we’ll be back . . .