Garden Artists

We are still facing the problem how to raise enough money to maintain Planting A Future and to buy equipment and make sure we always have enough fruit trees to provide them to vulnerable people. So we always try to come up with new ideas. As it is, we also find out about our passions and talents. Obviously pruning plants seems to be one of them.

With the help of our friends in Kalomo we now learn how to prune plants
With the help of our friends in Kalomo we now learn how to prune plants

Thanks to our friends in Kalomo we learn how to do this, how prune plants into a shape that looks appealing to people’s eyes. We mostly use wild seedlings for that. Those plants will not give food. But they will add aethetic beautie to homes. For now we also give them to vulnerable homes to give them a sense of peace and hope.

But also we think about improving our skills in pruning plants so we can actually sell them to families who can afford it. If possible we also want to grow roses and flowers for a bigger market. So right now we are fighting to raise some money because we intend to purchase a lawn mower and paving bricks to prepare a place to do all that.

Adds perfectly up to decorating people's houses, don't you think?
Adds perfectly up to decorating people’s houses, don’t you think?
Even without carrying fruits these plants look beautiful
Even without carrying fruits these plants look beautiful
Lloyd checking on his passion: plants!
Lloyd checking on his passion: plants!

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Garden Artists

Plant-hunting in the City’s streets

Lloyd is very busy most of the times. But even when he is in town he just can not look away when a plant catches his eye. So we end up with a lot of wild seedlings of mango and local trees. Even though they will not carry fruits, but they will give shade for humans and animals alike, they will be home for birds and insects…

Lloyd says:
“At times i look like a tramp collecting empty beer cartons, discarded seedlings and all sorts of plants. I believe each living thing domesticatable needs a home and i just do that. I collect the abandoned and give them a new lease of life. The stone that the builder refused…..!!! And that’s how Planting A Future began…i got my first trees from the filthy streets.”

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Plant-hunting in the City’s streets

A story of success

After having the Breadfruit seedlings in Zambia for 6 months now already (Wow..how time flies!) it is time to show you what happens these days.

The seedlings now are big enough to be planted into Zambian soil. So it was also time to give them to their new “families and homes”. That is what we did. Withing short time all our seedlings found a new place to grow and feed their new owners.

In about 2 to 2,5 years we hope they will be big enough and carry fruits and supply food and shade. All the people who were lucky enough to get one of those seedlings will be able to enjoy the benefits of this “miracle” tree.

We are planting a future here indeed. 🙂

Another little Breadfruit tree finds a new home in Zambian soil
Another little Breadfruit tree finds a new home in Zambian soil
Look at those smiling faces of this family who was lucky enough to get a Breadfruit tree
Look at those smiling faces of this family who was lucky enough to get a Breadfruit tree
Future generation checks out the benefit of the Breadfruit tree...nice shade ;)
Future generation checks out the benefit of the Breadfruit tree…nice shade 😉
A story of success

Fighting the hot season in Zambian villages

Since every year lots and lots of rural Zambian villages suffer in the dry season because of too little rains and dry rivers and streams Planting A Future was thinking about how to solve this problem.

So we decided to block a little stream with some sand bags to store water in a pond, leaving a spill way for people farther down the stream to access the water too.

Check out our cool new “dam”!

 

inspecting our "dam"
inspecting our “dam”

 

planning on how to best block the stream
planning on how to best block the stream
this little pond will supply the village with enough water to tend to our seedlings and cattle
this little pond will supply the village with enough water to tend to our seedlings and cattle
Fighting the hot season in Zambian villages