Indawo’s Food Gardens


1Food Gardening optimises normal domestic and other organic waste to revitalise the soil and feed growing vegetables. It is an appropriate method even for those who have meagre resources, making the best use of limited space and scarce water, restoring life and fertility to poor and arid land

The small-scale, low-cost and environmentally friendly FGF method is called Food Gardening. Practicing this simple skill, people achieve community development and social upliftment  ?  improving their health and quality of life, helping them to escape from the grip of poverty and helplessness, and enabling them to achieve a meaningful level of Household Food Security.

Indawo uses the trench method to grow healthy fresh vegetables, as practised by the Food Garden foundation

It’s simple, effective and uses the minimum amount of water. Well worth trying yourself!

  1. Mark out a garden bed approximately 1 metre x 2 metres in size (a garden spade measures about a metre from handle to blade).
  2. Dig out the bed until it is about knee-deep.
  3. Half fill with rubbish such as old vegetable peelings, chicken bones, leaves, torn up cardboard, grass cuttings, egg shells, etc. Do not use items that won’t rot – e.g. bottles, cans, and plastic bags.
  4. Cover the rubbish with the soil you dug out of the bed, replacing the subsoil first and then the topsoil. The bed will be slightly higher than the surrounding ground.
  5. Cover with mulch – dry grass, leaves, old newspaper or even stones. (This helps keep the bed damp after watering.)
  6. Make nine rows across the bed, approximately a hands’ breadth apart, and plant four or five different kinds of vegetables.
  7. Water and protect the bed with net/shade cloth.