Potato stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 - Very easy, plant & leave Water:3/5 – Moderate, every second daySun:3/5 - Full sun, can grow in shadeTraining:2/5 – Needs some (spindly branches)Fertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Moderate (monthly)Time to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate (small potatoes at 2 months and larger 3-4 months)Frost Hardiness:3/4 – Mildly Hardy (can’t take severe frost)UsesCulinaryMost… Continue reading Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month
Introduction It is that time of year again! I have 8 seasons worth (i.e., 8 years) of rainfall data for our analytic scrutinization LOL! The rainfall season for this season and last season has been an immense improvement on our drought years... so lets take a closer look at the numbers, shall we? The Data… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021
Common Beans stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:2/5 – Biweekly check-upsWater:2/5 – Twice a weekSun:4/5 – Full sun, shade tolerantTraining:3/5 – Some, support with stakesFertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Monthly, half strength liquid fertiliserTime to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate, 2-3 monthsFrost Hardiness:2/4 – Tender, can’t cope with mild frost Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Black bean aphidsContainer Plant:Yes Haricot Plantes potageres Vilmorin-Andrieux,… Continue reading Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month
Parsley stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a weekSun:1-2/5 – Full sun or partial shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:2/5 – Soon, 1-2 months when sownFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black… Continue reading Parsley: How to Grow – Herb of the Month
Mint stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a week (especially in a container)Sun:3/5 – Full sun & dappled shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate (purchased a seedling)Frost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy… Continue reading Mint: How to Grow – Herb of the Month
Introduction We have been diligently tallying our seasonal rainfall since 2013 throughout the El Nino drought years. Since 2014 South Africa has faced severe droughts, crippling the water supply, which treatened to leave Cape Town without water in 2018! The deepening of the drought years also meant that I had scaled down the vegetable garden… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2020
Here is a quick nature conservation update, read more @ Mind Frame Shift!
A reported 76% loss of insect biomass has occurred over the last 3 decades. This prompted the federal government to announce a €100 million “action plan for insect protection”
Their nine-point plan includes recommendations from leading entomologists:
- Protection of insect-rich habitats, such as the semi-wild fruit orchards and stone walls of the countryside
- Phasing out the herbicide glyphosate by December 2023, a broad-spectrum herbicide which destroys native habitats and plants
- Decreasing light pollution that disrupts insect behaviour, such as foraging and mating especially of nocturnal insects.
- Promotion and public education efforts nationwide for “insect-friendly gardens”.
- €25 million will be dedicated to a nationwide biodiveristy study and monitoring program, which includes research and training on the causes of insect decline and the possible ways to address such.
Why Is This Important?
- Insects are responsible…
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