All in the garden wasn’t rosey recently when a herd of elephants took a liking to vegetables which had been planted by workers at the Chinotimba Garden project in Victoria Falls. All were eaten and some of the beds were destroyed in the process. The gardeners have since worked hard to restore the beds and have now replanted vegetables ready for harvesting later in the year.
An ingenious recycling scheme is also proving useful in the garden. Water bottles, used by guests at Masuwe Lodge, are helping to deter monkeys from raiding the crops. When filled with water and laid along ridges in the garden, they appear shiny and scare the monkeys away; a cost-free and environmentally friendly way of protecting the gardeners’ hard work.
Good progress is being made at the other local garden projects too. The building of the on-site toilet facility at Dako Garden is expected to be completed very soon and Ntabayengwe Garden is in the process of replanting and preparing for a new season. Watch this space for further updates of how these projects are benefiting the local community.