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.
To learn more about making flying gardens, watch one of our episodes here.
And a big thanks to iShamba for all this great information!