I was looking on line for information on companion planting. I came across these great posters from Afristar. I emailed them and asked if I could buy 2 of the posters. I wanted to use them to plan our veggie garden and I thought that the kids and I could use for home schooling. The pictures are so clear and easy that I knew the kids would benefit from them. Wow I was amazed when they agreed to send me the whole set of posters if I would help promote them with a blog post! This is not hard as these are really fantastic posters and I am so chuffed with them
What I love about these posters is that they are clear and easy to use. They are simple enough for children to understand but yet give a lot of information for adults to use. I know they are going to be a great resource for us. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to start their own food garden, those home schooling and teaching kids about growing, for regular schools and any organization wanting to get become greener.
The posters are free to social welfare and educational organisations, otherwise they cost R 60 each incl postage. The planting calendars are available in a laminated retail version for R 80 incl postage.
Check out the entire set of posters on flickr or facebook.
Here is the list of posters available. Contact Afristar for more details.
Companion planting: This table shows which plants you should plant together which have a positive effect like increasing yield or deterring bugs, and which plants not to plant together. I am using this to help plan our new garden.
Recycling Greywater: I am very interested in figuring out how we can reuse our greywater. Greywater is water from sink, basin, bath or washing machine which can be saved and used to water the garden
Making compost: We do have a compost heap but this one has some good points to remember and ways that we can improve our compost heap. A great visual for those wanting to start composting
Permaculture Guilds: A plant guild is a group of plants that collectively increase productivity of the whole system.
Planting a tree: I want to plant a tree for each of the kids this year so we will be looking at and talking about this poster a lot.
Summer Rainfall and Winter Rainfall planting calendars: This pie chart is wonderful divides the year up and shows what you can plant each month through the whole year,I am going to be using this one a lot. A must for everyone wanting to start growing and I love that there are 2 based on the different rainfall areas
Permaculture Water Principles: We need to not only save water but think about capturing and using more of the rainwater that falls Practical illustrations show how to capture the water entering your system and put it to good use.
Worm Farms: we have some red wrigglers already but this is a lovely poster that shows you can make a womery from a stack of old tires.
Permaculture Zones: This helps plan where to plant things, you plant the things needing the most care and that you use closest to the house and then things get further away that need less care and you visit less frequently.
Liquid Manure: You can make liquid manure from animal dropping and we have a lot of chicken poop around, this poster shows how to mix and dilute to get the best tea to water the garden with.
Social Permaculture: Talking Stick Circle Ensures everyone gets a fair chance to participate. Although we are doing this as a family maybe we should have a stick so everyone gets a chance to talk.
I really recommend these or at least some specific ones that appeal to your individual needs for anyone that is thinking of growing their own.