Garden Experiences

Choose from one of these experiences, to go directly to the description, or just scroll through all that is on offer.
The Transition – from your current garden to a food forest
Urban Foraging – the feast that is on your street
Winter Pruning – Trees and bushes, science or art?
Weeds and Compost – My view on both and how they are related
Growing your own food – Where to start?
Perennials – The basis of a food forest
Eating your flowers
Dealing with the heat – Infrastructure to help you cope
Dealing with the heat – Plants to help you cope
DIY – Wicking Bed Build

 

The Transition – from your current garden to a food forest
All year, weekdays 09h00 – 11h30
All year, Saturdays 14h00 – 16h30

If you want a jungle, or just a tree in a pot, we go through factors to consider, when making a transition from your current garden to a food forest. Where to start, what to think about, how far should I go. Hopefully we can get you started on your journey.
Cost : R100
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Urban foraging – the feast that is on your street
All year, weekdays 09h00 – 11h30
All year, Saturdays 14h00 – 16h30

Part of our disconnect from our food, is that we do not even realise when food is staring us in the face. There is a really good chance that every day, your neighbour is growing food, that is falling on the ground and going to waste. Join us for a stroll through our neighbourhood as we identify plants often planted on the verges, that are food. Depending on the season we might end the day in the kitchen, processing a bit of our bounty.
Cost : R100
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Winter Pruning – Trees and bushes, science or art?
Once course per year, June or July, Saturday 14h00 – 16h30

We explore the science and art of pruning tress and bushes for great food production.  We go through the garden looking at each tree, think about the concepts of pruning and make the cuts together. We also discuss branch training as an alternative form of tree management. Sadly this is weather dependent and we will offer refunds, vouchers or a possible date shift if we have to cancel.
Cost : R100
Sadly you will have to wait until July 2019, but you are welcome to put your name down so long.

Weeds and Compost – My view on both and how they are related
All year, weekdays 09h00 – 11h30
June – September, Saturdays 14h00 – 16h30

Not everyone will share my view on compost and or weeds. That’s fine, I can live with that. However for me they are related and a wonderful marriage of convenience and the engine room of my food forest. We will look at my varied relationship with weeds. How I compost in various forms including compost, vermicompost (that’s with worms), mulch (yes a form of composting) and will even mention bokashi and hugelkultur. You may get dirty for this one if you are prepared to dig.
Cost : R100
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Growing your own food – Where to start
All year, weekdays 09h00 – 11h30
August – November, Saturdays 14h00 – 16h30

Hopefully you have already made the decision to grow your own food. However for some it is quite daunting, and there is a lot of information out there, so where to start? Join me for an afternoon where we cover 4 strategies for food production and get you going with your first harvest in 5 days. We look at sprouts, microgreens, annuals and perennials and how you can easily get started. Questions on your own situation are not only welcome, but actually expected  and hoped for.
Cost : R100
Experience now open 3 November 14h00 – 16h30

Perennials – The basis of a food forest
All year, weekdays 9h00 – 11h30
August – September, Saturday 14h00 – 16h30

Remember the dream, to walk out your door and just pick food, presuming your children have not eaten it already. Imagine if it did that all by itself and your only job was to harvest food. Ok, not quite the truth, but we explore those options and how we can get close to this.. This is as close as it gets to having a tree that grows money.
Cost : R100
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Eating your flowers
September – November, weekdays 9h00 – 11h30
September – November, Saturday 14h00 – 16h30

For some people, the concept of eating your flowers, seems wrong. They are supposed to be beautiful, decorate your garden, house or perhaps an expensive salad. However they can be wonderful addition to your food garden, and we are often oblivious to how many flowers are actually edible. I am also convinced that sometimes the different colours, taste different, but you can be the judge of that.
Cost : R100
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Dealing with the heat – Infrastructure to help you cope
December – February, weekdays 9h00 – 11h30
December – February, Saturday 14h00 – 16h30

Cape Town summers are brutal. Blisteringly hot, and basically dry for six months. With municipal water essentially off limits, we look at infrastructure needed to deal with the heat. We run through boreholes, rain harvesting, grey water usage, wicking beds, indoor growing and the use of micro-climates. With a bit of planning, it is amazing what you will be able to pull through.
Cost : R100
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Dealing with the heat – Plants to help you cope
December – February, weekdays 9h00 – 11h30
December – February, Saturday 14h00 – 16h30

Cape Town summers are brutal. Blisteringly hot, and basically dry for six months. So what and how do we grow in a time that is inhospitable, how do we keep our soil healthy. Creativity is the key here, careful plant selection,
watching nature reveal it’s secrets, adapting just like it does. We end off with some wisdom from Baloo, “Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw, When you pick a pear, Try to use the claw”. We will pass on what he has taught us.Cost : R100
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DIY – Wicking Bed Build
Special Occasion, as advertised

Our strategy for the summer heat is varied, and covered in the other “Dealing with the heat experiences”, and we are still in the process of  developing some of these ideas. Particularly our wicking beds are our strategy for water conservation relating to annual vegetables. You are invited to a special day as we build the bed together, getting an inside look at how they go together, how the work, the successes and failures and how this can be applied in different contexts like patio gardens. These are limited as we probably will only hold 3 more of these events.
Cost : R100
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