|We say 'Farewell' to volunteers Robbie, Gareth and Toni, whose 3 months in SA came to an end. They hail from the UK and came here to share street soccer skills with our community children.|
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
It's incredible what happens to the plant-world in Spring.
One minute, the plant has just appeared above the ground, and the next minute they have these stunning flowers on them, with baby marrows literally growing by the minute straight afterwards!
Through freecycle we were able to get some bamboo sticks for tomato trellises. Our aim is to have a trellis on the western end of each bed, to give some afternoon shade in the hot summer days ahead. We were taught by Soil for Life to design the beds from east to west, in keeping with the path of the sun. The smallest plants on the eastern end, and tallest on the west.
Marcus, a student in Cape Town, has volunteered to help us in the garden twice a week! This is a tremendous blessing to us. Now that the weather is becoming warmer, everything seems to speed up in the garden, and there's always so much more to do than what we have time for. Every extra pair of hands helps!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Gareth is one of 3 volunteers from the UK who will be with us for the next 3 months. They were sent to us by 'Coaching For Hope' and will be spending afternoons with the children, teaching soccer skills.
Rayner (2nd from right) is a medical student from Canada. She and Trevor Busby are running a Holiday program for the children this week during the school term holiday.
We are so thankful to these kind-hearted people!
Just in time, the fence around the Court was finished the day before the Birthday.
Residents, children and a few UK volunteers gathered to listen to the speeches, on an overcast and windy day - Saturday, 1 October.
Mr. Morkel, ex-Councillor for our area and recently retired, still took the time to pay us a visit.
Thanks to the Committee and a few caring residents, there was enough...
... to feed all the hungry little mouths!
The highlight for the children was the games afterwards.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
New 3m length poles were cemented into the ground around the centre Court this past week. The idea is to surround the Court with extra-strong net to stop soccer balls being kicked into the garden and destroying the plants. We thank Mr. Petersen, who patiently housed the poles in his garage at home since December 2010! Dinesh Isaacs, our new Project Manager in the City Council, who managed to get the job done and Basil, the Foreman who came personally to see that it was done properly!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
We've been busy preparing trellises for tomatoes and beans.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
In the centre of our community garden is the tarred court, which is most often used as a soccer pitch.
Most afternoons you will find school-aged kids having a game, but after 5 is the 'big boys' time. These are the young men of the community who come to play after working hours, sometimes until late at night, especially during summer when it stays light until almost 9pm!
Part of the vision for the community garden is that the court could help the young people, possibly by learning new games and skills along with good team spirit and self-discipline.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We've been having amazing weather all through July and August, when it should be raining and cold! It feels more like Spring and the poor plants don't know what to do - some are bolting and putting out seed heads, while others seem to be dormant! We did quite a lot today, but most importantly, sowed some summer crop seeds! The kohlrabi are looking good now, and so are one or two cabbages that somehow survived the snail attacks. Harvested a bunch of carrots and another of spring onions.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Ha, that caught your attention! What a shock one morning this week to find what looked like two huge hippo feet lying on top of the veggie beds! My mind squealed silently, remembering all the hard work it took to layer the trench beds, and Sandi's words: 'Don't ever put a foot in the garden bed, as you'll compact the soil!!!'
The Council had made an uplanned delivery the day before and unintentionally dumped the concrete seats together with a load of bark chips in the garden! They were very apologetic about it afterwards though.
Friday, April 15, 2011
From January until late March, we harvested brinjals, almost daily, and sometimes as many as a garbage sack full!
Many were given away, some were sold, and quite a few were eaten in our house! We had them stuffed, baked, stewed and sauced. The last recipe we tried was served as an appetiser:
Slice brinal into rings, about 1.5cm thick. Rub with a little olive oil and bake at 180C for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle each slice with crushed garlic, fresh chopped herbs and grated cheese. Return to oven and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes and enjoy! Really yummy!
Friday, April 8, 2011
Ros comes to the garden every Tuesday afternoon to teach gardening to the young ones of the community. They love her patient, gentle manner and the special time they have together. For many children, it is the highlight of their week. Thank you, Ros!