Ladybeetles (Ladybugs or Ladybirds) at a glance Occupation: Predator or Pest Value to Gardener: 3/5 - Pest Controller (some are pests!) Danger to Humans: 1/5 – Harmless Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Ladybugs, ladybirds or ladybeetles; these insects are firm favourites amongst gardeners and non-gardeners alike… Continue reading Ladybeetle (Ladybug or Ladybird): Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month
I wrote this post in 2014, but is has become even more applicable given the state of South Africa's economy and sky-rocketing food prices. When I started vegetable gardening I didn't think that it would save a lot of money (maybe come out square?). We started the vegetable garden as part of a ‘productive hobby’… Continue reading Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing
Radishes stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 5/5 – Very easy (plant and leave) Water: 4/5 – Daily (shallow root system) Sun: 4/5 – Full sun & shade tolerant Training: 1/5 – None Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 – Every two weeks Time to Harvest: 2/5 – Soon (1-2 months) Frost Hardiness: 4/4 – Very Hardy (can’t… Continue reading Radish: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month
My philosophy on pest control: Effective – preferably works with the first treatment Environmental and people friendly – do not want to kill off all the helpers in the garden and certainly do not want to poison myself or wait for two weeks for the chemicals to degrade before harvesting Cheap and sustainable – made… Continue reading Pest Control: Biological control; organic & green recipes
Here is a very comprehensive list of plant families to which our crops, spices, fruits, herbs and vegetables belong. Also supplied are the botanical definitions for some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs we use daily. Food Plant Families Family (Scientific classification) Represents Members Actinidiaceae Chinese gooseberry family Kiwifruit Amaryllidaceae Amaryllis or Onion family Garlic,… Continue reading Edibles: Food Plant Families & Botanical Definitions
My Homesteading and Kitchen Vegetable Gardening Blog was on Google Blogger since 2011, where I nearly reached half a million pageviews before Google's algorithm change knocked out 80% of its organic search traffic. Google clearly doesn't have appreciation anymore for the content and information source that I have built there. So I decided that me… Continue reading Experienced Homesteader & Established Kitchen Gardening Blog Moving In!