Starting an organic fruit and vegetable garden at home is becoming increasingly popular.
Trevin van der Walt of Urban Gardens in Port Elizabeth has the following tips and advice for prospective green fingers.
His top seven tips to get you started:
- Fence the area to protect it from wandering animals and theft;
- Build a shade cloth tunnel to act as a wind break and to protect plants from insects, monkeys and birds;
- Upgrade soil by bringing in prepared mixes and placing it in trenches. Cover this in mulch to get the soil’s microbes active;
- Install gravity fed drip irrigation to administer watering without wastage;
- Build a worm farm to recycle organic waste and to supply nutrients to the water supply;
- Stock an aquaponics dam with tilapia fish to supply nutrient rich water to the garden; and
- Add a compost area to recycle materials from the garden for future upgrading of the soil.
Caption: Soil prepared for the seedlings is placed in trenches in the shade cloth tunnel. Photo: Supplied