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creating paradise in your garden

Submitted by ConsciousBabe on Tue, 2011-11-29 09:23.

Jenny Louw talks paradise gardens at Erin Hall as part of the series of Superfoods free talks.

Jenny Louw: horticulturist, garden designer and writerJenny Louw: horticulturist, garden designer and writer

Jenny Louw is the owner of a wonderful farm garden in Constantia that boasts a lush assortment of vegetables, fruits, flowers, birds, bugs and, of all things, weeds. She shares with us her passion for ‘toiling the soil’, emphasising that we too can succeed in creating our own garden paradise.

Picking and eating food straight from our own garden is a sensual experience that cannot be compared to buying food from the supermarket,’ Jenny believes.

A week or so ago she told an audience of around 300 about her dream of beautiful jungle cities, emphasising that bio-diversity is the key to creating a paradise.

Nature is my most truthful teacher,’ she explains. ‘I have learnt to embrace every caterpillar, every aphid as a respected part of my garden.


the intrepid bee-keeper

Submitted by sproutscout on Wed, 2011-10-05 11:36.

Peter Clarke demonstrating different types of honeyPeter Clarke demonstrating different types of honey

“It’s been my experience that beekeepers grow old”, says 90 year old Peter Clarke to the crazy folk who have decided to attend his bee-keeping course. He can’t explain why it happens, all the stings , all the goodness of propolis and raw honey, but most of the beekeepers Clarke knows live well into their 90s. And thus he introduced to us one of the many things we could look forward to by the end of the class in May next year.

For now I’ll tell a story to illustrate a few safety tips. I think this should be the beginning of every beekeeping course – though my class learned these lessons the hard experiential way. This is the story of our first ever ‘suit-up’, after weeks of talking and learning about it – our first ever interaction with the bees:


Food for thought

Submitted by sproutnewb on Wed, 2011-02-23 11:33.

Did you know that 26 apples grown in 1997 collectively contain the same nutritional content as 1 apple grown in 1914? This is one of many shocking facts presented in the “Super foods for radiant health” talk which I attended last night. The talk was given by a company called Super foods which was started by Peter and Beryn Daniel who are both UK-trained, Raw Food Chefs working towards raising raw food consciousness in South Africa.

“I can’t live on rabbit food!”

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green newb's journey from red to green

Submitted by sproutnewb on Tue, 2011-02-15 12:28.

Going green?
If you asked me to “go green” less than three years ago I would have assumed you wanted to witness the wrath of my jealousy or my dramatic impersonation of the Incredible Hulk! Fortunately, I am (slightly) more informed than the Debbie of the near past and I’ve started to realise that being “green” is so much more than an emotional state or a super hero’s power. While the phrase “going green” and all it entails is the subject of much deliberation, going green to me (in a nutshell) involves an awareness and concern for two of our most special assets: the natural environment and our own health...but then again, what do I know?

Confession: I am a green newb!
While it might seem that I have been enlightened about what being green means I have noticed that the more I

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