Barefoot in the Garden

Growing in Bereaville

Johan has been doing an excellent job of nurturing a range of organically grown seedlings that were planted out just a few short (and stormy) weeks ago with the support of the Valley Food Gardens initiative in Greyton. His generations worth of knowledge about farming on this land in Bereaville is proving to be great and his efforts are already paying off. Seedlings are healthy and ready to grow in their new homes  Preparing the land using traditional methods Checking on the…

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The Valley Food Gardens Initiative

Valley Food Gardens Ons Kweek Kos Saam Beyond Food Parcels: Unlocking the Genadendal Valley’s ​Food-growing Resourcefulness The Red Cross and supporting organisations are providing food parcels to vulnerable families in the Genadendal Valley in the Overberg Region of South Africa in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown. But this is an unsustainable solution to food insecurity. Once the pandemic grips the cities, resources and attention may largely go there, and as the economy takes many years to recover and food insecurity…

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Sunday Stroll through the Veggie Garden

This morning I woke up to the deep tolls of church bells echoing through the valley and later the chorus of hymns drifting in from the distance. It made me feel content as I fed the cat and lit the stove and it brought back childhood memories of my Ouma’s NG Kerk songs. Time is different here. It’s slower, predictable and mingled with voices and animal calls carried across the valley. During the week it’s just about silent, save for…

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Barefoot in Bereaville

I have been blessed with the opportunity to “grow home” in an off-grid homestead in the quaint and rural village of Bereaville, near the better known town of Greyton in the Overberg, Western Cape.  Over the next six months, I will have the opportunity to play in the veggie garden, orchard and berry house – and of course, get up to some serious magic making in the kitchen!      I look forward to sharing this barefoot adventure with you! 

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Banana Citrus Circle Pit

We are so excited and blessed to have Peter Rain Treurnicht join the Growing Home Team! I met him back in 2015 at the Hogsback Festival of Trees in the Eastern Cape and instead of coming back to Cape Town Peter ended up going to live and work on an amaaaaaazing Permaculture Farm just outside East London – for 2 years! He is now back in the city and itching to Get Growing again and we are super stoked to have him…

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Summer is Here!

So, last time we posted we had just planted our purple and magenta potatoes in washing baskets.  They are doing really well and we have topped them up with more soil and straw as they have grown. Looking forward to a great harvest! Below you can see our aubergines growing nicely. This heat has been quite something but they are doing well in the shade.  Next we have a zucchini bed… thriving!   Look at the size of this baby! Lots…

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Planting Potatoes in Washing Baskets

This winter we were extremely excited to find purple and magenta potatoes and decided we wanted to let some sprout and plant them. These are the magenta potatoes, freshly cut. The protruding bits you see emerging from the skin are the eyes beginning to sprout. You can cut the potato between the eyes then allow them to seal over and plant individually. Spot the sealed over cut on the left.  You can also plant whole sprouting potatoes. We decided to…

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Seeds that Keep on Giving: Mother City Seed Library Launches in Cape Town

Saturday, 9 September saw a diverse group of seed saving enthusiasts gathering under a beautiful old tree in Keurboom Park, Cape Town to celebrate the launch of the Mother City Seed Library and it’s monthly seed sharing meetings. Seed swapping, depositing and borrowing took place amidst slow food sharing, interesting conversations and a growing passion for saving seed and ensuring food sovereignty.   One of the Mother City Seed Library’s missions is to support Seed Library users and gardeners, from…

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Bounty, Water Wising and Liquid Fertilizing ~ August ’17 Round Up

Yay! Our purple cauliflowers are doing well – and they taste amazing! We have been feeding them every two weeks with liquid manure tea, which they seem to really enjoy. Our verdict is they are best eaten straight out the garden – raw and all! Of course, peas are also be best straight out the garden! Kids love opening them up and eating the yummy gems inside. Our rhubarb is also doing well – look at those big leaves! When…

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New Neighbours, Wonderful Weeds & Spring Planting ~ July ’17 Round Up

This last month went by just like that! Maybe it just feels that way because, as they say, time flies when you are having fun! Last month found us enjoying our new self-composting beds, setting up our mini glass hot houses and planting a variety of seedlings that we brought up at home. This month saw us expanding the garden while helping our neighbour re-design and build her new chicken sanctuary/rescue centre. Let’s take a look at some before and…

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