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Creating A Flying Garden!

On the Shamba Shape Up Facebook page this week, we put up a post for those budding farmers amongst us who are desperate to grow, but don’t feel they have enough space to do it! How wrong they are…!

Do you live on a smaller shamba or in a town but still want to grow healthy and nutritious food for your family? Why not try growing your vegetables in a flying garden.

To make a flying garden, you need 4 posts, a polythene bag, tin and ballast (kokoto).

To make a flying garden:

1. Drive 4 wooden stakes into the ground in a 2-foot square shape
2. Wrap the polythene bag around the 4 stakes to make a skin or put a plastic bag between the stakes
3. Put a hollow tin in the middle of the bag on the ground
4. Mix manure and the topsoil and put between the tin and the polythene. Leave the inside tin completely empty.
6. Once you reach the top of the inside tin, remove it and fill hole with ballast/kokoto
7. Repeat this process until the whole polythene bag is filled with ballast tunnel in the middle
8. Make holes the size of 5 KSH coin inside the bag wall leaving 15 cm between each hole
9. Inside the holes you have made plant sukuma wiki/spinach seedlings and firm around the base
10. Pour water down the ballast tunnel- you need 20 liters (1 jerry can) of water every 2 days.

Day 1:

flying garden 1

Day 21:

flying garden 2

To learn more about making flying gardens, watch one of our episodes here.

And a big thanks to iShamba for all this great information!

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For ages agriculture in Africa was done the old way, but times are a changing…

spraying pic

Recently Mail & Guardian Africa wrote a report about Youth in Agriculture, and used a previous Shamba Shape Up farmer as an example of a young people choosing agriculture over the big city life.

The report, which focuses on Africa as a whole, but starts discussing Shamba Shape Up in particular, looks at the problems young farmers are facing in terms of markets, prices, information and land. In most African countries, the problems start the same way; youths are put off returning to the farm by the image that farming has acquired; dirty, ragged, underpaid and most of all, boring.

The article goes on to discuss the how African governments are supporting farmers, and when they fail, if there are NGO’s or organisations to help them instead.

The full report can be read here: http://cdn.mg.co.za/content/documents/2015/02/10/mgafrica-on-africas-farms.pdf

Or a smaller article: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-02-11-for-ages-agriculture-in-africa-was-done-the-old-way-but-times-are-a-changing