School garden upgrade update – part 2

Dear school community,

After we told you a little bit about biological pest control in our school garden two weeks ago, today we want to bring you closer to everything we grow ourselves at the German School Nairobi.
At the beginning of this school year we started with the school garden project and have since gained a lot of experience with different varieties. Some were very successful and others had to be readjusted a little.

We were delighted from the start with our variety of salads. These thrive wonderfully and are largely disease and pest free. We have a total of 10 different varieties, some of which we use for seed production. In our ecological school garden we only use solid seeds. This means that we are able to obtain our own seeds from each plant. To do this, we leave the plants in the garden beyond the actual harvest period and wait until the plants form flowers and later seeds, which are then harvested and dried.

We were also amazed at the good results of different types of kohlrabi. Often you can’t get kohlrabi at all in Kenya and when you do, it’s often woody and dry. Our kohlrabi, on the other hand, is crisp and juicy. We will continue this experiment and grow in a larger amount in the next step. The black salsify also likes it very much in our garden. Since this plant prefers a particularly loose and sandy soil in order to be able to form long and thick roots as possible, we have specially treated the soil beforehand. The bed was filled with a mixture of sand, earth and compost and enriched with homemade fertilizer. Now we are waiting for the second harvest.

As you can see, there is a lot to discover in the school garden of the German School Nairobi. If the situation permits, please come and visit us. Maybe there is one or the other inspiration for your own garden.

I greet you warmly,
the kitchen-cafeteria-garden team

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