Part of our big drive towards sustainability throughout Londolozi has been the development of a nursery and vegetable gardens in the Londolozi village. These hotspots are the foundations of a greater goal to decrease our carbon footprint whilst increasing the sustainability of organic foods and local champions’ income. The vegetables grown by the individuals at Londolozi are bought by the kitchen to ensure that fresh, organic produce is always being served to our guests.
Recently, Reel Gardening spent some time at Londolozi and the surrounding communities to help in the development of these vegetable gardens. Reel Gardening is a simple, cost-effective and convenient means for people to grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed. Their product is a pre-fertilised seed strip that encases seeds in biodegradable paper. The strips indicate the correct depth that the seeds should be buried with a coloured line and the seeds are placed at the correct distance apart from one another inside the strips.
Sean and Nick from Reel Gardening spent two days working with local people to train and assists them in the development, planting and maintenance of their new vegetable gardens so as to ensure the greatest possible yield. What makes Reel Gardening such a great idea for the development of local vegetable gardens is the ease and simplicity in which it empowers people to become managers of their own produce.
With results already evident, the success of this project looks certain. We hope to continue to see the growth of these vegetable gardens both at Londolozi and the surrounding communities.
Written & photographed by: Rich Laburn