Bot Gardens’ latest keyhole garden in Imbali Unit BB

2017-06-07 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedThe keyhole garden donated by Sanbi to Siyabonga Helping Hands in Imbali Unit BB.

PHOTO: suppliedThe keyhole garden donated by Sanbi to Siyabonga Helping Hands in Imbali Unit BB.

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SANBI’S KZN National Botanical Gardens donated a keyhole garden to Siyabonga Helping Hands in Imbali Unit BB.

Siyabonga Helping Hands is an NGO that sponsors disadvantaged children in Edendale and Imbali.

A keyhole garden is a raised-bed planter, often built in the shape of a circle that stands waist-high and is notched like a pie with a slice cut away.

A hole in the centre holds a composting basket that moistens and nourishes the soil. This garden type is one of many horticultural practices that contribute towards sustainable gardening.

Although helpful in hot and dry locations, a keyhole garden will improve growing conditions in just about any climate. The garden is shaped like a keyhole, which makes it easier to centre compost as well. This sustainable gardening method uses kitchen and garden waste and grey water as food.

The keyhole garden concept came from the fact that many people like having gardens, but don’t have sufficient space. This keyhole garden is made out of recyclable material promoting environmental sustainability and food security with a use of a permaculture garden to grow common vegetables and herbs.

Beth Ballantyne of Siyabonga Helping Hands said they have education centres where they hold a variety of programmes for the 650 children they sponsor.

“One such programme is our enviro club, where we try to teach an appreciation of our flora and fauna to the children. The keyhole garden is a wonderful tool for environmental learning and we are most grateful to Sanbi for the donation.”

The first keyhole garden was donated to Siyabonga Helping Hands Centre in Isigodini from which the children at the centre harvested and took vegetables home, and for their food at the centre. This donation conveys one of Sanbi’s values of ubuntu.

— Supplied.


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