The biggest trend in gardening today is growing your own food organically, which is beneficial to your health as well as the welfare of the planet.However, as much as city people want to follow these trends, they often don’t know where to start. Situated in the growing urban suburb of Bryanston, Johannesburg, GardenShop
Bryanston’s Organic Food Garden showcases a working and established food garden to introduce the public to a world of possibilities when it comes to growing their own healthy organic herbs and vegetables.
This beautiful edible space aims to encourage, educate and inspire people to grow their own healthy food in large and small spaces. This open and accessible food garden was designed and implemented by Linda Galvad of Sought After Seedlings, an experienced organic vegetable landscape gardener, and supplier of Franchi Sementi Heirloom Organic Seeds and Victory Ticket Organic Seedlings.
Galvad is driven by a passion for wellness. Coming from a psychology background and realising the essential needs of the body/brain/gut nutritional link, the phrase ‘you are what you eat’ encompasses all we need to know. Sometimes the phrase ‘you are what you don’t eat’ rings more true.
Galvad established GardenShop Bryanston’s Organic Food Garden using the necessary scientific and design requirements, including the growing of soil, companion planting and crop rotation, to ensure not only the aesthetic attractiveness but also the success of a productive food garden. You will see how companion plants are used with relevant vegetables, not only for enhancement but also as effective pest repellents. The use and ideas of trellising and archways, hedging and mulching, pathways and appropriate container plantings, are all visible in the garden and can easily be utilised in any home garden too.
All products used within the garden are
for sale at GardenShop Bryanston so you can get growing after being inspired from this wholesome and incredible edible space. Galvad has also established other functional food resources, namely The Organic Rooftop Vegetable Garden at the fivesta Saxon Boutique Hotel in Sandhurst, Johannesburg, and at the five-star Madikwe Hillhouse Lodge in the Northwest Province. She has spoken at events such as the Events Greening Forum, Investec, the Good Food and Wine Show as well as featuring on DStv’s The Home Channel Gardening 101. She completed her Entrepreneurial MBA at GIBS and was the winner of Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012.
There are many reasons why you should consider growing your own food:
Food in its freshest, purest form is packed full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Fertilise organically and use less pesticides and chemicals. Not only will your food be more healthy for you, it will make for a smaller carbon foot print.
There is a marked difference between flavourless store-bought vegetables and wholesome home-grown food. Picking tomatoes that have been ripened on the vine, or plucking a cucumber from under the leaves, growing your own opens up a new world of flavours.
Get More For Less
If you love fresh produce you can easily reduce your monthly expenditure by growing your own. And you’ll be surprised by the abundant surplus supply one plant can produce!
GardenShops’s top five edibles to grow are:
All shapes, colours and sizes. Tomatoes are so easy to grow: provide them with sun, regular feeding and watering. Protect ripening tomatoes with organza fruiting bags available at GardenShop. Try growing Franchi Sementi seed Cuor di Bue, a big beautiful Ox Heart tomato.
Use a mixed pack of lettuce plant rather than growing only one type of lettuce – this makes for a more diverse salad. Grow in smaller flower pots and boxes as they have shallow roots. Try Victory Ticket’s Cut & Come Again Lettuces to keep a steady supply of mixed salad greens from red, lime green, to Cos and more.
For best results have at least three plants when growing strawberries in flower pots and hanging baskets. Feed them every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertiliser like Talborne’s Fruit & Veg.
Marigold and nasturtium flowers
In lively orange, red and yellow. Yes, they are both edible. The flowers can be used as decorations on cakes, or in salads. Marigolds have a mosquito deterrent quality about them. You will need a few plants to get the full effect of this, but they look striking, are easy to grow, and have multiple uses. Nasturtiums attract aphids, keeping them away from your crop plant. Try growing Franchi Sementi seed Tagete Gigante a Fiore Pieno Mix.
Lots of shapes and colours. Should be planted after the risk of the last frost has gone. However, they can also be grown in window boxes or flower pots all year round. Buy a smaller variety of beetroot if you plan to grow them in flower pots. Try growing Franchi Sementi seed Tris di Barbabietole. They are sweet tasting and come in a variety of beautiful colours.
GardenShop Bryanston is set in a cool, unhurried atmosphere. This family destination is situated on the corner of Main Road and Halifax Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg. For further information on the Bryanston Organic Food Garden you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To contact Linda Galvad of Sought After Seedlings email linda@ soughtafterseedlings.co.za.