Starting Out Your Little Garden – Feature + Giveaway!
Hello February! The month of love! Whether or not you’re a fan of the Valentine’s day fanfare, a new month is always exciting because it’s a chance to do something you haven’t before. One month at a time is the way to get at those resolutions.
I have always said I’ll start a balcony garden. I started saying this when my husband and I were dating and now one kid later, my pots are still gathering dust and holding cleaning stuff. No progress. 🙁 But when I came across Migwi Farms on Instagram when doing my Christmas Spending article last year, I thought why not try again. This time, however, I am not doing it alone. So I reached out to Alice who owns and runs Migwi Farms to get the low down on their awesome operation and score some free stuff for YOU!
How did Migwi Farms start out?
When my family (husband, children and I) moved back to Kenya after living 6 years out of the country (Uganda and Tanzania) I started to grow vegetables on a small scale for my home consumption. The output was good and high and I started selling to neighbors and local veg store in Lavington. This then grew into larger scale and I started approaching restaurants where the reception was quite good ! I encountered challenges and lots of loss but I always felt it was what I was destined to do. I consider gardening as an Art and Science and hence the introduction of specialized products like succulents, propagation using water, box gardening etc. I strongly believe that gardening can be both recreational and functional (and glamorous!)
I’m with her there. Balcony gardens are so gloriously bohemian and chic so the glamour factor is there. But, where on earth does one begin with this whole gardening business?
If you’re totally starting out you can buy Succulents – they’re low maintenance and resilient. But some common Veg like spinach and coriander are fairly easy to maintain and do not require large spaces. You can have these in pots in your balcony or kitchen (if it has good sunlight).
What the what is a succulent? See! Aren’t they cute?
Alright. Sold yet? Or still scratching your head about this kitchen garden business? A few last words on plant care from Alice.
Plants are like babies, some are “easy” (eat and sleep) and others require much more attention and nurturing. Watching them grow is fun and fulfilling and worth the effort. A plant will always communicate its needs for instance wilting or drying up signifies neglect, rotting signifies too much water etc.
Gotcha! Treat your plants like people…and then maybe eat (some of) them! 🙂 How much will starting your new little garden set you back? The word from Migwi Farms is…
Our prices depends on the product. We have products ranging from as low as Kshs.50 bob (seedlings) and we are happy to walk with backyard gardeners to make their experience fun.
Now here’s the great part! Because I love you for being a TVM fan and it’s all about some plant love, I want to give one of you KES 500 to spend at Migwi Farms! Woot woot!
Yup! All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter HERE and you’ll be entered into a draw. Winners will be announced on the 10th of February.
Are ya ready?
If you don’t want to leave it up to chance, drop by their place, check out the operation and get that little garden of yours going.
Migwi farms are on Muthithi Road, Westlands, Number 80 – opposite Avocado Towers.