Guerrilla Gardeners and Other Revolutionaries

I am surrounded by many very interesting (and occasionally rebellious) gardeners. They inspire me constantly and also teach me all sorts of interesting things – not least about growing food.  Often I write stories about them which is a great excuse to pick their brains and find out what makes their gardens tick – more…

Sunflowers Reach for the Stars

An absolute riot is one way to describe Chatelaine Cullinan’s micro-farm in suburban Howick. Sunflowers reach for the stars, purple zinnias are a buzz with bees, brown cucumbers (yes, brown) twirl along fences, plump butternuts climb the walls and chickens cluck contentedly. Riot might conjure up images of disorder, but this is incorrect – Chatelaine…

Tutu Zuma’s Garden

Tutu Zuma can often be spotted trundling around Mpophomeni with her wheelbarrow piled high with grass, manure and discarded plants. “People throw so many useful things away” she says. “the only thing I have to ask for is manure because in Zulu culture, women can’t go in the kraal, so the men put it outside…