An overview of our gardens
As of today, there are ten organic gardens established at The Waygood Foundation.
All these gardens we approach in a permaculture way, that means that we allow nature to run its course, so that it can create as much life and abundance as possible.
We help with this process by adding homemade fertilizers and compost, introducing the right plants and removing invasive weeds.
The Waygood Foundation sits on an old sand dune, therefore we are always building up our soil. We source our materials as locally as possible... seaweed from the beach, food scraps from our local café, horse manure from the surrounding farms and we make our own biochar. We mostly raise our own plants and save their seeds to be self-sufficient and resilient.
Sun Garden and Grace’s Garden
As the name says, this is the sunniest of all our gardens. Here we grow, for example, chili’’s, asparagus, Thai spinach and ginger. The garden is surrounded by citrus, olives and bananas, as well as native trees. Grace’s garden is a small garden alongside our seedling cloche, beehive and caravan. Here we grow spearmint, grapes, and many flowers.
Near the Foundation building, this garden has a gorgeous peach, plums, pear, apples, guava, citrus [which love the seaside environment], sprawling pepino and vegetable beds.
Parsley self sows happily in all our gardens and flowers are included everywhere.
During the winter it is semi shaded, so most productive during the warmer months.
We shaped our beloved children’s garden at the beginning of this year. After a few days of grass removal by our volunteers, this garden was established. The children from the pre-school across the road have planted strawberries and greens amongst flowers, herbs, grapes, and fruit trees. Our colourful flags were painted by the children on a rainy day.
We had a wonderful morning making bamboo structures with the children which will become bean tunnels. Now that it is spring, the garden is finally coming alive, and we love that this is becoming a garden that the children can call their own.
Fig Garden and Laura and Lili Garden
You will see this garden as soon as you enter The Waygood Foundation, it has many different flowering bulbs growing beneath a fig tree.
The Laura and Lily Garden sits on a shaded bank above the Fig Garden and was only established in the lockdown of winter 2020. After removing the kikuyu grass we layered the area with cardboard, horse manure, coffee grounds, compost and leaves. In spring we were able to plant, and it has been a successful garden since. Some of the perennials growing here are Jerusalem artichokes, yams, pepino, sorrel, tomatillos, rhubarb, Alpine strawberry and horseradish. It’s been interesting to see what thrives in a shady area.
These gardens were established over 8 years ago. It is one of our most fertile gardens as it sits near the stream bank. We recently planted bananas and an almond tree. Some of the perennials growing here are perpetual spinach, globe artichokes, passionfruit, turmeric and ginger.
This garden was created in the spring of 2020, in the fertile moist soil close to the Marawhara stream bank. It’s name comes from the three great granddaughters of Les Waygood, their parents planted a native tree here for each daughter. We also originally planted in the Native American Three Sisters tradition of sweetcorn supporting beans with cucumber as a ground cover. It was very productive over summer with cucumbers, kumara and beans growing amongst sunflowers and zinnia. This garden was flooded this winter, which hopefully has left us some beautiful debris to be planting in again this season.