Update on Hananani Community Garden
At The Thornybush Collection, our community gardens are close to our heart and we are very proud to announce that work on the new palisade fence around the Hananani Food Garden is finally finished.
Expanding Our Offering
This long awaited addition has allowed us to double the size of our vegetable gardens, with plenty of room for further expansion.
It took a huge effort on the part of our helpers and staff to get this task completed. Building a fence in the African wilderness is not for sissies. Here's how we did it.
The first step was to get rid of the unwanted weeds and grasses that had made themselves at home around our existing garden. This involved hiring a tractor and driver to lift the roots of the offending vegetation to reveal the gorgeous virgin soil below.
We then hired 4 men from the local Dixie community to get stuck in. Their task began at the drawing board, helping to prepare the layout of the new area and designing the planting beds.
Over 12 cubic metres of kraal manure, courtesy of the local cows and goats, was dug in to the new beds.
Re-using and Re-cycling
We mulched the new beds with old thatching grass from Simbambili Game Lodge. The lodge needed to refurbish a few of their rooms, and very kindly gave us all their old thatch to re-use in our new garden.
We are so very grateful to our team mates at Simbambili for considering our community gardens in this regard while they were revamping their suites.
The Best Part
Our gardeners then got busy planting our stash of purchased seedlings in the new beds. Spinach, tomatoes, chillies, beetroot, green peppers, spring onion, fennel, dill and sweet basil are now all growing well in their new home. We look forward to watching these 'babies' grow furiously as the summer rains hopefully continue to grace us with their presence.
To make the most of the early rains, our gardeners have also been furiously filling up every available bed with seeds. Marrow, pumpkin and butternut are germinating as we write.
We have also planted loads of bean seeds. Not only are these nutritious vegetables fast growing, delicious and healthy to eat, but they also improve the condition of the soil. Beans are well known for their ability to 'fix' nitrogen in the soil, to the benefit of all the plants around them.
Onward and Upward
As soon as the new gardens start producing, these healthy foods will make their way to the school's kitchen. We anticipate that there will be more than enough left over to sell in to the local Dixie community so that we can generate more funds to continue with our gardening adventures.
Don't feel left out, our guests still get to enjoy their fair share of this fresh, organic produce. Good times are up ahead!