Tenikwa supports the Tsitsi Tuiniers Community Gardens Club. This is an inspiring little club consisting of 35 community members living in Kurland Village who share their knowledge and love of gardening, sometimes in a trying environment. There are some amazing vegetable and flower gardens flourishing in the back yards of this disadvantaged community. We support this project because it encourages a sense of pride and improves the living conditions in the village.
The gardeners struggle with the most basic of needs. For the winter planting, we have donated a truckload of compost which has been shared amongst the active members as part of preparing their gardens for winter vegetables. A talk was also given by Redford Nursery on soil analysis and we gave some vital pointers on how to interpret soil deficiencies by looking at the plant growth.
Although not strictly a community gardens concept, the members of the club are wanting to donate vegetables to the community for a soup kitchen and also sell hampers of vegetables, so in this way, the community will benefit directly from the club.
Tenikwa arranged for Mother Earthworms to come and show the gardeners how to set up a basic worm farm, and we were thrilled to see some very healthy worm farms flourishing a few months later. The Earthworm farms are used to recycle kitchen and garden waste, but also to generate high quality compost and liquid fertilizer for the gardens.
In preparation for the summer season, Tenikwa once again donated a whole truckload of compost which literally just disappeared into the nutrient deficient soil in the various gardens.
The results of the year’s hard work burst into bloom in December during the Annual Gardens Competition.
In the forthcoming months, the members of the club will attend workshops on Gardening to bring back the birds, and companion planting in order to reduce the use of poisons and insecticides, as well as other environmentally-friendly gardening practices.