Planting Thoughts

February8

Things have been rather quiet around these parts and the reason for that is that my passion for Urban Farming has run away with me.

My focus has shifted from cooking to cultivating crops and offering edible landscaping services, so much so that by the end of the month I’ll have roughly an acre of urban farmland spread out across Cape Town that falls under my curatorship. The merits of which have seen me published in both local and international media including the coveted New York Times, it’s been rather overwhelming.

To get up to speed on my current movements in urban agriculture read this recent feature in the Mail & Guardian.

Moving forward my focus will continue to be in urban and peri-urban agriculture, this website will remain active as a resource to Jamie’s iPhone apps, but in time a separate website will be devoted to my landscaping services and I’ve also moved my personal blog to curate this space, a platform for me to discuss food, lifestyle & decor trends.

Thank you for your support over the year long journey that was I’m no Jamie Oliver, your encouragement has been overwhelming and I’m proud to say I exceeded my own expectations in completing my culinary challenge and have much to thank Jamie and you for, but I’m ready to step out into my own shoes.

Feel free to follow my movements at curate this space and if you are interested in having me design an edible landscape of your own contact me on matt@plantingthoughts.com.

Cheers

Matt Allison

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9 Comments to

“Planting Thoughts”

  1. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 7:18 PM Zmira Cohen Says:

    Wonderful ideas. I plant various herbs ,sometimes tomatoes in my small garden. I have an avocado tree that bears ,that I planted from a avo pip about 20 years ago.
    How do I get rid of the insects/snails that eat the tomatoes ? People say beer neutralizes snails . I have never tried that remedy. Does one get peat and river sand at any nursery?
    You are probably much too busy to answer. Is there anyone I could phone , with my questions?
    Good luck in your ventures . You sound so energetic and full of ideas. It must go well!


  2. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 7:37 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Hi Zmira,

    Thanks for the kind words and support.

    RE the insects a great organic way of dealing with them is a chilli and garlic mix. Take 2 crushed cloves of garlic, a red chilli, 1 tbsp of cooking oil, 1 tsp of dish washing liquid and mix them to 1 liter of water and spray onto the veggies and fruit, it’s a great deterrent as garlic is a natural anti-fungal and the chilli burns the bellies of soft bodied insects.

    Beer traps work well for snails, details and how-to’s can be found here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2331216_make-beer-trap-snails.html

    RE peat and river sand, yes, both are available from most garden nurseries, my choice is palm peat as it’s a ‘greener’ alternative to bog peat.

    Matt


  3. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 11:07 PM Gareth Says:

    exciting stuff! change is good. :)


  4. Avatar February 8th, 2012 at 11:56 PM Matt Allison Says:

    As good as a holiday my friend :) Seriously though, curate this space is a much wider audience and allows me to share more of a creative side outside of the kitchen, it just feels right.


  5. Avatar February 9th, 2012 at 8:35 AM Sam Says:

    Congrats on all your wonderful urban agriculture achievements and good luck with all your new ventures and blog.


  6. Avatar February 9th, 2012 at 8:49 AM Colleen Says:

    Matt, how exciting all this is. Congratulations for coming this far already in a short space of time…but then I knew you would. Your passion, zeal and energy inspires me. Thank YOU for all that YOU have come to mean to me and I wish you every joy and happiness and great success in your endeavors. Proud to know and be associated with you. Well done! xx


  7. Avatar April 21st, 2012 at 11:18 AM Lisa Says:

    From one Jamie Oliver blogger to another, congratulations on all your accomplishments!


  8. Avatar May 2nd, 2012 at 9:41 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    It was a fun time, having completed all of them in 70 odd days was quite something and I still cook several of them from time to time.

    Cheers

    Matt


  9. Avatar June 17th, 2013 at 8:53 AM Grant Says:

    Hi Matt
    I love what you’re doing. I want to do it too.
    I live in the heart of Sandton and want to grow veggies and keep 3 hens. I have checked the bylaws and they say we can keep up to 10 chickens without a permit. I have high walls and plan to keep my chickens in the far corner of the yard.
    I am thinking of uprooting some of the garden to turn into a veggie area. I am worried about neighbours complaining about 3 hens. Do you have any advise?
    The neighbours houses are situated at least20 meters away each.
    Please give me some advice?
    I have watched every urban farmer and backyard chicken video I could find on YouTube.
    Regards
    Grant


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Hello, my name is Matt Allison.

Husband, stay at home Father, urban farmer, eco advocate, closet designer, photographer, designated household cook and blogger at www.imnojamieoliver.com

This blog originally started when I committed to cooking my way through Jamie Oliver’s ’20 minute meals’ for the iPhone, completing all 60 recipes in under 90 days.

It has since grown into being a platform to share/express the many facets of my life’s journey.

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