Garden Solutions

Text Mariola Jakutowicz Fouché Photographs Frank Ellis, Estelle Kempen, supplied GO FISH! As more eateries embrace the use of vertical and rooftop spaces for fresh greens, others employ a combination of traditional aquaculture with hydroponics or aquaponics. Two restaurants in the Moyo chain, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, use produce and fish from their vertical aquaponic gardens. The plants grow from niches in hanging PVC pipes and are nourished by nutrient-rich water circulated from pools in which tilapia fish are bred. This food-production setup, which was driven by Stellenbosch University researcher Jaco Visser, guided by the university’s Estelle Kempen and Henk Stander, and built by Deep Blue Aquatic Systems, has inspired agronomy students to study and grow their own systems and set guidelines for others to follow suit. Email (Martin Viljoen) for more information. SWEETEN THE POT Nigh on indestructible, self watering, UV and frost resistant, and lightweight, German-made Lechuza Planters add a finishing touch to your patio. Available in various styles and colours from Smart Planters. ZEST FOR LIFE Revive flagging winter spirits with Crabtree & Evelyn’s antioxidant and vitamin C-rich Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage bath and body collection (from R300). BEAUTIFUL BOOK Highlighting the plight of endangered wild flowers in SA is Cape-based Anneke Kearney’s photographic tribute ‘Vanishing Flora’ (R320, Metz Press). This article was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of House and Leisure.