This is such a fun project and great to get the kids involved and wonderful if you don’t have a lot of space and don’t mind a bit of shabby chic when growing your food. This could be the new black – growing food in a sack!
This Mother’s Day among all the indulgent gifts, burnt toast and warm tea, spare a thought for some mum’s who don’t get anything at all, yet continue to slave tirelessly for the love of their kids to make sure they are being feed. I was approached by ChildfundNZ who brought this to my attention and I decided this was just a worthwhile cause to support, because I am just a mum trying to feed my family and I am not alone. There are Mum’s in Kenya doing the same thing, but they are doing it a little harder than me. Anything we can do to ease another’s burden is a blessing.
You can support this awesome cause >HERE<
As a Gift that Grows families in Kenya will be able to create this easy garden and provide a family of six with supplementary vegetables for three months. And it is really simple:
I made up a blend of compost and potting soil and a generous helping of sheep poop pellets. I even chucked in some general fertiliser and blood and bone for good measure. Then I filled the sack to a third full with my lovely soil mix
Placing the pipe onto the soil, I filled it with gravel and small stones. Then I carefully begin to fill the sack around the pipe with the lovely soil. Once the soil reaches the top of the pipe, gently lift it up and add more stones and continue adding soil to the sack
When have filled the sack to the top carefully remove the pipe to reveal a clever irrigation channel that runs down the centre of the sack, ensuring all the plants will get a fair supply of water.
I have sown some enormous New Zealand spinach seeds for my Gunny Sack Garden as this is the ideal time of year. So all we have to do is wait. Once the seeds germinate and are large enough to transplant, I’ll grab my kids and we will plant them into our Gunny Sack Garden so they can take a moment to understand the struggles other families face, just trying to stay healthy. So please watch out for the next exciting installment of the Gunny Sack Garden.
Come again soon – find out what I learned from my flower garden.
Sarah the Gardener : o )