During this pandemic most of the school gardens were neglected due to lockdown restrictions. Weeds were cleared at KwaNgubeni Primary School and nine new beds were prepared ready for planting. Using the principles of permaculture by mimicking nature’s way, comfrey which is abundant in the school was used to make liquid fertilizer. Two sets of compost heaps were created where materials such as dried leaflets, twigs and vegetable peelings were used to make compost.
Liquid fertilizer was made and used weekly to ensure that seedlings have enough nutrients, since the soils were exhausted, and the plants had insufficient nutrients to grow. Transplantation of seedlings were done on 3 beds spinach, onion, and beetroot were transplanted. While ensuring that these seedlings were planted with their companion plants which are plants that perform well together so that they would not compete for the same nutrients and space. All beds were mulched to aid in retention of water in the ground and keep the soil moist. This prevents evaporation of water on the surface of the ground assisting with wise water management and preventing the soils from becoming hard and compacted.
A spekboom farm has been initiated and with a steady and productive supply of spekboom in the school, these plants should be ready for the market. With the help of the community members, the school is looking sustainable and the garden is showing steady growth A motivational letter to distribute the spekboom will be written for the supermarket.