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I enjoy eating what I grow,’ says backyard gardener

homeGardeningSince last year Anne Jacques has developed an interest in planting a small variety of vegetables and other crops at the back of her flat. This was only after she followed home gardening sessions and acquired a few skills which she is putting to very good use.

Prior to that Ms Jacques, who has been living in a flat at Harrison Street for 10 years, admits she was never interested in gardening and growing flowers.

“I never found the time and the soil was not that fertile and appropriate for growing anything anyway,” she told me when I paid her a short visit earlier this week.

Ms Jacques’ financial situation changed after her son’s accident which forced her to quit her job to look after him.

“When I heard about the backyard gardening  training I got interested and I said why not get some skills to try it out as at times money is not always available to buy expensive vegetables at the market,” she said.

Ms Jacques followed a few sessions given by expert backyard gardening trainer Gabriel Prudence, who ran the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad)/Competitive Local Innovations for Small Scale Agriculture (Clissa) home gardening training programmes last year.

“It was really great and today I can really enjoy the good taste of what I grow,” Ms Jacques said.

Unfortunately when I visited her small gardening patch she had just harvested cucumbers and pawpaws but she proudly showed me her pawpaw tree with several green fruits.

She grows spices but these as well she was in the process of replanting but she showed me her broccoli plants and cucumbers. She also has cassava and sweet potatoes as well as the bred mouroung among others.

“I now enjoy growing  and experimenting in planting whatever seeds and plants I lay my hands on,” she said, adding that the activity has not only been economically beneficial but also enjoyable with a healthy outcome.

 

homeGardening2121Ms Jacques now knows how to prepare the soil which once upon a time was not fertile nor very appealing to grow anything and turn it into a small green patch full of healthy homegrown vegetables, spices and crops.

“It is something that I intend to continue doing because I enjoy eating what I grow and share the surplus with my friends,” Ms Jacques said.

Ms Jacques was among several people who followed the backyard gardening training. If you were one of them and want to share your experience and show what you have succeeded in doing give me a call on 2722972.

Ms Jacques now knows how to prepare the soil which once upon a time was not fertile nor very appealing to grow anything and turn it into a small green patch full of healthy homegrown vegetables, spices and crops.

“It is something that I intend to continue doing because I enjoy eating what I grow and share the surplus with my friends,” Ms Jacques said.

Ms Jacques was among several people who followed the backyard gardening training. If you were one of them and want to share your experience and show what you have succeeded in doing give me a call on 2722972.

Source : Seychelles NATION

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