Keyhole garden donated to charity

2016-11-02 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Sanbi KZN National botanical garden staff with pupils from Esigodini Primary at the handover of the keyhole garden donated to Siyabonga Helping Hands.

PHOTO: supplied Sanbi KZN National botanical garden staff with pupils from Esigodini Primary at the handover of the keyhole garden donated to Siyabonga Helping Hands.

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SOUTH African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) KZN National botanical garden donated a keyhole garden to Siyabonga Helping Hands, a non-governmental organisation based in Esigodini, Edendale.

Siyabonga Helping Hands sponsors disadvantaged children in the Edendale and Imbali area.

A keyhole garden is a type of sustainable gardening that is practised in many areas around the world. A keyhole garden holds moisture and nutrients due to an active compost pile placed in the centre of a round bed.

Although most helpful in hot and dry locations, a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate.

From a notch, the garden is shaped like a keyhole, which makes it easier to centre compost. This sustainable gardening method uses kitchen and garden waste and grey water as food for the garden.

The keyhole garden concept came because many people like having gardens, but don’t have sufficient space. The keyhole garden is made out of recyclable material promoting environmental sustainability and food security with a use of a permaculture garden. A similar display was one of the Sanbi exhibits on display at The Witness Garden Show recently.

This garden will not only assist the pupils, who are part of Siyabonga Helping Hands with vegetables, it is also an educational display.

“We have two education centres where we hold a variety of programmes for the 650 children that we sponsor one such programme is our enviro club, where we try to teach an appreciation of our flora and fauna to the children.

“A keyhole garden is a wonderful tool for environmental learning and we are most grateful to Sanbi for the donation,” said Pat Kanzler of Siyabonga Helping Hands.

- Supplied.

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