Composting · Homesteading · Off Grid · Soil care

Wormery: Earthworm compost

Worms @ Work Wormeries provide high quality compost that can be added directly to the garden, by decomposing kitchen left-overs. To start a wormery you require stacked containers (3-4 levels) and some earthworms. Most wormeries commercially available are expensive given the amount of space you get from it.   Wormery Construction We acquired some meat-slab/solid-crate… Continue reading Wormery: Earthworm compost

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Food Garden · Homesteading · Off Grid · Water Supply

Water: Rain & Grey water collection & storage

Water Gathering Techniques Now, when you start a veggie garden, ensure that you have access to water that is essentially free of charge. This will save you money and will not pull from valuable municipal water resources, especially when you live in semi-arid and arid areas (such as South Africa). Collecting Rainwater Now I have… Continue reading Water: Rain & Grey water collection & storage

Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Observations

General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

Guidelines to happy, healthy vegetables & fruits: ✓ Vegetables and fruits require a certain amount of sunlight All vegetables and fruits require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to be healthy and crop well.   ✓ Water plants @ their stems This is important to prevent some diseases from infecting the leaves of plants… Continue reading General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

Tamarillo stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 1/5 Daily check-ups Water: 4/5 Daily Sun: 2/5 Partial shade Training: 5/5 Absolutely, train for optimal production Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 1/4 Frost tender, can’t cope light frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic Nemesis: Aphids, Whitefly, Leafhoppers Container Plant: Yes,… Continue reading Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

disease · Fruit · Pest Control · Profile

Eggplant Rust – Disease of the Month

Eggplant Rust at a glance   Type of Damage Stunted growth, leaf blight Plant Symptoms Bright orange blisters under leaves Favourite Plant Common & African eggplant Control Difficult (Sulphur based products) Quick Intro This is a recently identified rust problem on eggplants. Pearl Millet Rust (Puccinia substriata var. substriata), the same fungus that infects Pearl Millet (Pennisetum… Continue reading Eggplant Rust – Disease of the Month

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Eggplant: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Eggplant stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 3/5 – Bi-weekly check up Water: 4/5 – Daily (mostly during fruit set) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun, no shade (fruit ripening) Training: 3/5 – Needs some, pinching out of flowers/growth Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 – Monthly (growing) to Fornightly (fruiting) Time to Harvest: 2/5 – Soon (1-2 months… Continue reading Eggplant: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Fig stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly check-ups Water: 2-3/5 Every second day/bi-weekly Sun: 4/5 Full sun, will tolerate some shade Training: 2-5/5 Minimal to maintenance pruning Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Monthly-fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 3/4 Very hardy once established, can’t cope black frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic… Continue reading Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Food Garden · Lunar gardening · Observations

Lunar Gardening – Planting by the phases of the moon

I have always been curious about the topic of Lunar Gardening. After watching a TV show where they compared two vegetable plots. Both had the same growing conditions and the only difference being one was planted according to the moon phase and the other they planted whenever they felt like it. Amazingly the moon planted… Continue reading Lunar Gardening – Planting by the phases of the moon

Composting · Food Garden · Homesteading · Off Grid · Soil care

Composting: Kitchen waste, NPK & Fertilisers

Home Style Composting Composting is a very important section of any good gardening book – but they all fail to mention how wonderful good ol’ kitchen waste is. Some say it takes too long to break down and that it must be degraded before planting... but that is a bunch of half-truths. Kitchen waste will… Continue reading Composting: Kitchen waste, NPK & Fertilisers

climate · Hardiness Zones · Homesteading

South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones

My research is in Agriculture and as a result I am always on the lookout for climate & agricultural maps of South Africa. The government doesn’t do a good job at updating this information and the weather bureau wants you to pay them a lot of money for such info – on a student budget,… Continue reading South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones