With the growing unemployment not only in South Africa but world wide, the growing economic insecurity and the growing over population, one of our greatest challanges is food security.
By and large most people leave this most important aspect of their lives to large farms and corporations, when in fact food security should be a self sustaining, self supporting, natural part of lifestyles.
Growing vegetables even in the inner cities is not only possible, but easily achieved. This is not encouraged in our schools and little to nothing is taught to our children in order to carry on a social habit that should and has been natural to human beings since the beginning of time.
With Spring around the corner I would like to share one example of food security that does not need a lot of space and in fact can be achieved on the balcony of a flat in Hillbrow, the roof of a high rise building in Berea or in a mere 2 meters space in a garden in Thembisa.
Potatoes, enough to feed a family for a year and what is more continue the process for years to come. A staple food that will afford anyone in Gauteng or even in the outer reaches of Limpopo to be self sufficient in food security.
1. Get 4. dustbin size containers. Make holes in the bottom for drainage, put some stones in the bottom and set up on some bricks.
2. Put compost on top of the stones and mix with soil.
3. Add approximately 5 seed potatoes evenly spaced and cover with soil.
4. As the plant grows keep adding soil mixed with compost.
5. After the plant has grown to the top of the bin and flowered and the stems die, you can take out approximately 18 kgs worth of potatoes per bin. That is 42kgs altogether for the year. Keep some potatoes to seed and plant for the next spring.
6. Plant one bin in August. One in September. One in October. One in November.
7. Keep the soil damp but do not over water.
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