The breath of spring has blown through Aziza’s Place, as the Rainy Season comes to an end we had a welcome donation which will be devoted to making a whole new garden here at the center.
The space that has, up until now, been devoted to a few slightly tired looking little plants, and a long-since drained pond will be turning into a little corner of colour.
We had a happy team, including David, Roth, Ny, and many of the younger children, who set to work on the first stage of renovating the space. The first thing we did was clean up the areas where the weeds had grown too wild; and then cut back the overhanging palm leaves to create streams of natural sunlight; and then last but not least we turned our attention to the pond, which had been an eye-sore for a long time. It is deep but paved with tiles, so the water that builds up within quickly turns stagnant. For a long time, we kept small families of fish in the pond, but we discontinued this as cleaning the water became complicated. So, with the landlord’s permission we have built a new flower bed, in the old pond! But, how to fill the old pond and what sort of “filling” would be best and what volume of this filling was needed?
Roth, our in-house engineer stepped up to the challenge! Using his mathematical expertise and the internet, Roth estimated that we would need 755 hollowed-bricks and some sand to fill the pond three-quarters of the way to the top. He suggested hollowed-bricks as they could store water that might seep through and would eventually break-down easier than solid bricks. Once the calculations were done, the bricks were ordered along with some sand and we started building the new pond foundation. As it turned out, the pond took 760 bricks – pretty close Roth, well done! Then a foot of top soil, some rice-char fertilizer, some compost and a first planting as designed by our in-house garden expert, Ny.
Small donations can go a long way here at Aziza’s Place, and anything that can make the center a more beautiful and relaxing environment for the kids is much appreciated.
We’ll keep working on the garden and keep you updated on anything we do!
By : the AP garden club (Roth, Ny and David)