Ending hunger, one ‘strip’ at a time

2015-06-09 06:00

William Dyer with a strip of seeds ready to be planted.
Photos: KAlisha Naicker

William Dyer with a strip of seeds ready to be planted. Photos: KAlisha Naicker

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GARDEN in a Box (Reel Gardening) aims to make communities self-sustainable by allowing them to grow fruit and vegetables without much effort.

The concept uses biodegradable colour-coded paper tape that encases organic fertiliser and seeds at the correct depth and distance apart for planting.

This makes it easy for children to do and only takes five minutes to plant. The concept was developed in 2002 by 16-year-old Claire Catherine Reid who wanted to solve problems she encountered when starting a vegetable garden for a school project.

She was encouraged by teachers to enter her then newspaper and flour invention into the Eskom expo for young scientists where she won a gold medal at the national finals in Pretoria.

She was asked how much water the product saved so she conducted a series of tests which concluded that Reel Gardening saves 80% water in the germination phase.

William Dyer from Reel Gardening, who is bringing the concept to the Upper Highway community, said his aim is to use this to end hunger in impoverished communities, NGOs, NPOs and school gardens.

“All that is required is that you literally plant the strip of paper. This now saves a lot of time and effort. Then all you do is water it,” he said.

“This product is for the individual, larger plant-growing nurseries and larger community gardens or food-growing projects.”

There are currently eight varieties available ranging from fruit and vegetables and they are seasonal.

“When it comes down to anything these days itand#039;s all about time, money and effort. Reel Gardening KZN saves all three of these precious commodities and allows more organic food to be grown easier.”

Dyer encouraged the community to contact him, and help end hunger.

“We will go to the organisation, school or community and show them how to use the product. It simple and easy and everyone can benefit from it.”

For more information visit the Facebook page and#034;ReelGardeningKZNand#034; or e-mail willietd1976@gmail.com

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