Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stunning Sunflowers

The happy, smiley faces of sunflowers just make one feel so good! We had a row of 5 or 6 really tall ones, way over 2m in height! Sadly, the rose beetles got hold of them, although we managed to salvage a few heads full of seeds.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Visitors from Norway

Vanessa and Torbjon made a special visit to see the gardens in real life, after watching it grow on this blog in Norway. They have been keen supporters of this project from the beginning and we are grateful to them for their encouragement, support and kindness.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Youth Group Volunteers

Several youth from the Mountainview Baptist Church volunteered to help in the Food garden one Saturday. There was lots of laughter and learning. They will NEVER forget the smell of rotten kitchen waste used to make compost!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Food Garden now

A recent picture of the food garden in full bloom.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


We've harvested tons of tomatoes this summer. This picture was taken of a tray of cherry tomatoes which we tried drying on the dashboard of our car outside in the sun. It was a nice idea (thanks to the internet!), but we underestimated our January heat... the tomatoes ended up being roasted and even burnt :-(

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Harvest for all!

The Chillies that we planted months ago have finally borne fruit!

The veggies have been growing at a terrific rate and each morning they look like they have grown double in size! We have been doing so much harvesting it seems that there is an unending stream of ever growing vegetables rejoicing in our African sunshine!
Here are some of the vegetables that we harvested during December and January. We have had many eggfruit (brinjals or aubergines) and spring onions and almost every day we pick a full basket of ripe tomatoes that we have shared with the community, and now are experimenting with sun-drying them in our hot car parked outside! We also made tomato jam.

The eggfruit came in many different, interesting shapes and sizes. We even had one that looked like it had a thumb and first finger which pointed out of it!
In December we installed an irrigation system which has saved us a lots of time in the morning and evening that would of been spent manually watering the garden.