Food Garden · Insect · Observations · Wildlife

Little White Butterflies

Where do the white butterflies come from? Where do the white butterflies go?     Every year in South Africa, during December-January, little white butterflies take to the air in their thousands, all flying in the same direction. They visit gardens and flowers along the way. Even though it is a yearly occurrence, many people… Continue reading Little White Butterflies

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How to Grow

Apricot: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Apricot stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly check-ups Water: 4/5 Daily Sun: 3/5 Full sun & dappled shade Training: 5/5 Absolutely, train for optimal production Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 4/4 Very hardy, can’t cope with black frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic Nemesis: Aphids, Scale,… Continue reading Apricot: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Spiders at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller! Danger to Humans: 4/5 – Some are very poisonous Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive in your garden Quick Intro Most people shriek at the sight of a spider and try their very best to stomp it out of existence. I believe that… Continue reading Spiders: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations

Penny Royal: The Living Mulch

I can get really tired of weeding and become irritated when new ones pop up in the garden, especially in the areas that border my veg plots – AKA ‘The Weed Zones’! So I decided I would like to plant something there that would compete and displace the weeds, preferably something that is useful to… Continue reading Penny Royal: The Living Mulch

Vegetable

Winter Leafy Vegetables: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Winter Leafy Vegetables stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 1/5 – Daily Check-ups Water: 3-4/5 – Every 2nd day to daily Sun: 3/5 - Full sun, dappled shade Training: 2/5 – Minimal; dead, diseased & damaged Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 – Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 1-2/5 – Immediate (purchase) to Soon (from seed) Frost Hardiness: 3/4… Continue reading Winter Leafy Vegetables: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Biological Control · DIY · Observations

House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

When we moved the garden outside at the back of the kitchen, I had made a couple of insects’ homes. I tried different types of designs I found on the internet. Most of them went un-inhabited, except for two: Exhibition A: The Log Pile The log pile was meant for carpenter and mason bees, but… Continue reading House Wasp: DIY Beneficial Insect Homes

Homesteading · Observations · Off Grid · Wildlife

Friends of Free Wildlife

  FreeMe wildlife rehabilitation centre was a volunteer organisation run by a board of directors, a small core staff and volunteers. The volunteers were the main workforce behind FreeMe and their hard work and dedication has facilitated the care and release of orphaned, sick and injured indigenous wildlife. They founded FreeMe back in 1997 in… Continue reading Friends of Free Wildlife