Vuk’uzilimele, grow your own food courtesy of Soil for Life

2016-03-03 06:00
 Lovedelia Tsewu (Evergreen Award) - back garden - Gugulethu

Lovedelia Tsewu (Evergreen Award) - back garden - Gugulethu

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If you thought only people with gardens and green fingers can grow their own food think again!

With the right training and support you can create a home food garden, even if you live on a tiny property or in a shack. Soil for Life’s Home Food Gardening courses start in March and are open to all adults interested in learning about gardening. It will give you the skills to put fresh vegetables on your family’s table throughout the year.

The course lasts 12 weeks and costs just R15 per person. Training is once a week, with support throughout from the Soil for Life trainers, all very experienced home gardeners themselves. The Home Food Gardens course is available in many areas of Cape Town, including: Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel Delft, Driftsands, Mfuleni, Mitchell’s Plain, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill, Retreat, Steenberg, Khayelitsha and Philippi

All you need is time and a willingness to learn. Soil for Life will supply a starter kit (compost, mulch, seeds and seedlings) and show you how to create a garden that will grow for years to come, at almost no cost.

Soil for Life has trained more than 1,800 home food gardeners since 2008.

Many have been so successful they have fresh produce to share, and are earning money from selling seeds, plants and vegetables. Several people have been able to find employment and start small businesses using the skills they learnt with Soil for Life.

Learn to grow your own vegetables. Soil for Life’s Home Food Gardening courses start in March across Cape Town, including Bishop Lavis, Bonteheuwel, Khayelitsha and Steenberg. The cost is R15 per person and covers a starter kit and 12 weeks of training. Contact Soil for Life on 021 794 4982 or

To sign up or for more information visit or contact 021 794 4982 /

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