When I relocated from Durban to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in 2010 and became the full-time custodian of 9.5 hectares of land, one of my first projects was to create a large vegetable patch (the allotment, as my mum dubbed it). Whenever I returned to the city, the two most frequently asked questions directed at me were: was I was safe living in the country on my own and what vegetables were in season? My answer to the first one was that quite honestly I felt safer here than I ever did in town (I still do, despite the recent spate of burglaries) and as far as the veggies were concerned, I had no clue. I used to buy veg seedlings from the local nurseries, plant them and hope for the best. It took a lot of trial and error before I started to learn what would grow here and when.
It’s not as easy as it is made out to be, this Grow it Yourself lark. You have to understand: your soil; the seasons and where the sun is in relation to your crops during those seasons; the cycles of the moon (if you are into lunar planting); what additional nutrients your plants need; when to sow what; when to plant what; and how to grow them in succession so that you have veggies all year round.
I began blogging a year after I had moved here and again people wanted to know what I had growing in the garden, particularly the allotment. And that is why I started doing a Growin’ in the Wind post every now and then.
In my last post I showed Njabulo preparing a bed and sowing some mustard seeds. Here he is finishing off the bed.
Asparagus truly encapsulates “the force that through the green fuse …”