Grow To Eat Festival

Join us at Heckers Garden Centre for our highly anticipated annual Grow to Eat Festival!

This exciting event will take place from September 30th, 2023, to October 8th, 2023.

The festival offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the incredible world of edible gardening from various countries around the world.

We are located at 1 Kirschner road, Westwood, Boksburg.

Admission is absolutely FREE, so bring your friends, family and even pets on leashes along to discover the wonders of gardening and culinary delights.

Get ready to embark on a journey through vibrant displays and interactive workshops that will inspire and educate attendees on the versatility and deliciousness of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and edible flowers.

Throughout the festival, you can expect an array of special offers on herbs and veggies, ensuring that you have the opportunity to take home the very best produce. Learn from expert exhibitors, suppliers, and enthusiasts who will share their knowledge and provide valuable tips on growing, harvesting, and incorporating these international flavours into your cooking.

Immerse yourself in the captivating cultures and cuisines of each country with our captivating displays dedicated to Mexico, Italy, India, South Africa, France, Portugal, and Asia. Explore the unique herbs and veggies that define each culinary tradition and gain inspiration for your own garden and kitchen.

This year’s festival will also be in the same time as the Rugby World Cup so you will definitely see a rugby twist in our South Africa exhibit.

Mark your calendars for the Grow to Eat Festival at Heckers Garden Centre from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. We look forward to seeing you there! Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more announcements on exhibitors and workshops.

-Secure Parking
-FREE Entrance – No booking required
-Various exhibitors and displays
-Interactive workshops – Will be announced and booking is essential
-Restaurant onsite
-Loads of edible plants on special
-Sample beverages to quench your thirst
-Wheelchair accessible
-Pet friendly
-Kids planting corner (all year round

Eat your heart out healthily Become a Botanical Boss this January

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New Year’s resolutions and gardening go hand in hand, especially considering the amount of healthy food we are able to grow in virtually any space. Whether you’re going for low-calorie, low-carb meals, or high fat intake and intermittent fasting, raw and purely organic or vegan – the harvest is on your side! Fuel your body for less with this mostly summer edible selection and grow guide from Life is a Garden. 

Top tip: If you missed last month’s article, click here for expert advice on how to set up a vertical hydroponic system for all-space produce growing: 

 

Calorie-conscious, nutrient-dense crops to grow

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Your farming responsibility 

As gardeners, we have a direct impact on our environment, which comes as a sweet blessing because this means we CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Sustainable water practices are an essential part of gardening and we cannot ignore how precious and finite this resource is. We saw the huge impact of day 0 in the Western Cape, and the rest of the country is not immune to this possibility either. Here are some simple and effective practices from our industry expert, Charles Oosthuizen from Tuberflora Nursery.

  • “MULCH, MULCH, MULCH - why are South Africans so hesitant about this practice? We see this in so many gardens - barren, hard-baked soil raked neatly clean on a weekly basis. This is not the way forward in terms of sustainable watering practices at all.
  • Drip irrigation is the future as it is cost-effective, low maintenance and saves a lot of water.
  • Water only in the late afternoon or early in the morning.
  • Water very well only once or twice a week instead of a little bit every day.
  • Add water-retaining gel to your pots and containers.
  • The more compost and other organic material in and on top of the soil the more water retention the soil will have.