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An African Hospital Garden

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to share my blog with people who are bound to know much,much more than me.

For the past 18 months, I have been working as the Construction Project Manager for Kivulini Maternity Centre in Arusha, Tanzania. The construction is just about finished, and now I am starting to devote my time to the garden, which I want to make an integral part of the experience of being a patient in the hospital.

My aim is create and ecological and economic model for other institutions of this type to follow, in Africa and perhaps even further afield.

In my blog: An African Hospital Garden, I share my thoughts on what I hope to achieve, and the daily reality. Much of what I am writing about will not be relevant for gardeners in Europe, but I hope it will be interesting and I look forward to receiving comments and advice from gardeners who will be much, much more experienced than I am.

Posted about 1 year ago | Last edited about 1 year ago

Hello @Tanzanian6gardener and welcome to Folia.

Although I’m located in Australia, I am in the Wet/Dry tropics of the north of the country, so will have a similar climate to that with which you deal. My climate is borderline wet tropics due to my location near a mountain range which brings us more rain that a little further south that gives way to dry tropics. Both have a distinct wet and dry season.

I have read your blog and your project sounds interesting and rewarding, if a little daunting for someone without a gardening background. If I can be of any help, do not hesitate to ask. If you want to keep track of what you plant onsite, record its growth record and any failures, which in gardening are as important as the successes, then Folia will definitely be of help there. You can also set up a task list of what needs to be done, for each plant and garden and when it should be carried out. That I think would be of most help to you for maintaining the garden. Another site that I think would be extremely helpful to you, especially regarding planning and setting up would be the Permaculture Research Institute – Forums. Planting plants can both damage the environment or help the environment. Permaculture teaches us how to group plants together that look after each other, build up the soil, and for the garden to become self-sustaining. It will still need management such as trimming, but the trimmings are left on the garden as mulch, which in turn keeps moisture in the soil, and covers bare soil preventing or at least reducing weed growth and most importantly in your situation, it will stop the soil from blowing away, hence your dust problem will be corrected.

Anyway, enough said here. Welcome to Folia and I look forward to reading a lot more about your project both here on Folia and on your blog.

Posted about 1 year ago | Last edited about 1 year ago
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