Food Garden · Homesteading · Tips · Water Supply · Winter

Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips Here in the highveld, i.e., Gauteng region of South Africa, we don't receive much rain during winter. Luckily the colder months and lower plant activity means that plants aren't as thirsty either. However, let's look at how to lessen your watering requirements even more, because let's be honest now: Who wants to… Continue reading Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

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Autumn · Food Garden · Homesteading · planner

Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Alright! Here is the first edition of the Seasonal Planner series! We start off with the gardening jobs of Autumn for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! I will be handing over this post to Colonel Whiskers Flowers, who will take you through the steps! *Itallics = Afrikaans words, you can Google Translate them… Continue reading Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

blogging · Food Garden · Homesteading

Blog Update & Plans 2019

Whisker Flowers (WF) is my reinvigorated blog inherited from Google Blogger, a move I made because Mr G was stomping the predecessor out of existence due to its search algorithm changes. Considering this continuation, WF is actually going into its 8th year online! Hence, all the thoroughly reviewed content. However, for these 8 years I… Continue reading Blog Update & Plans 2019

Homesteading · Observations · Soil care · Wildlife

An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem

To the majority of people soil is just soil – a sandy/clay substance in which plants grow and where little boys dirty their clothes, but to the savvy vegetable gardener, we know that the soil is the essential foundation from whence plants gain their nutrients. Without the correct balance of nutrients; plants grow poorly and… Continue reading An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem

Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Lacewings: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Lacewings at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller Danger to Humans: 2/5 – Harmless Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Lacewings adults are delicate wee fairy-folk of the vegetable garden… but do not let them fool you as they are voracious hunters of pest… Continue reading Lacewings: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Pea plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Pea plant stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 - Biweekly check-ups Water: 2-5 - Twice a week Sun: 4/5 - Full sun, shade tolerant Training: 4/5 - Moderate, train up a trellis Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 - Fortnightly, half strength fertiliser Time to Harvest: 4/5 - A long time, 3-4 months Frost Hardiness: 3/4 -… Continue reading Pea plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Chickens · eggs · Food Garden · Observations

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Egg production

Chickens are a popular source of protein, due to their low-cost of raising and dual use as meat and eggs for protein production. South Africans are especially fond of chicken and it represents the most consumed protein in SA. Seeing that eggs are an easy, accessible and economic way to produce home-grown protein it is… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Egg production