Garden staff plant for Madiba

IN commemoration of Mandela day, SANBI KZN National Botanical Garden staff visited Imbubu Primary School, in Sweetwaters village, to spend their 67 minutes teaching the pupils about food security and permaculture gardening. They also donated a key hole garden.

A keyhole garden is a raised-bed planter that is often built in the shape of a circle. They often stand waist-high and are notched like a pie with a slice cut away.

A hole in the centre holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil.

The keyhole garden is one of many horticultural practices that contribute towards sustainable gardening.

This sustainable gardening method uses kitchen and garden waste and grey water (or wash water) as food for your garden.

This particular keyhole garden is made out of mostly recyclable material and promotes environmental sustainability and food security through use of a permaculture garden (your common vegetables and herbs).

The seedlings planted at the keyhole garden were donated by Sunshine Seedlings.

Other KZN National Botanical Garden’s staff members cleaned up Zwartkop road and helped with gardening and weeding at the Prestbury police station.

The KZN National Botanical Garden staff members had fun while working hard work both on Zwartkop Road/Prestbury Police station and at Imbubu Primary School, reminding each other of the sacrifices that Tata Madiba made for our country, and singing the songs that celebrate the life of the father of our freedom, Tata Mandela.

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