Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations

Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

We have a few residential sunbirds in the neighbourhood - not the very flashy ones like those in the fynbos areas of South Africa, but none the less gorgeous little birdies. The Whitebellied sunbird, Nectarinia talatala is a common sight for those living close to bushveld towards the northern parts of southern Africa. It is… Continue reading Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

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Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Wasps at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller and Pollinator Danger to Humans: 4/5 – They can sting when provoked Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro The wasp is likely an under appreciated garden helper. They are one of a few insects that duel… Continue reading Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

blogging · Observations

State of the Blog Address: Move to Whisker Flowers Update

Alright - this is just a quick post to say that about 50% of my old gardening blog, back at Google blogger, has been moved to Whisker Flowers since November 2017. As such, I update each post that I move, which includes new content, photos and links! Whisker Flowers has a good deal of content… Continue reading State of the Blog Address: Move to Whisker Flowers Update

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Beetroot: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Beetroot stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 4/5 – Easy (monthly check-ups) Water: 3/5 – Moderate (high heat, every second day) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun, no shade Training: 1/5 – None Fertilise/Feeding: 1-3/5 – Moderate (growing, monthly) to Minimal (during root set, none) Time to Harvest: 3/5 – Moderate (2-3 months) Frost Hardiness:… Continue reading Beetroot: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Cats · Observations · Pest Control

Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Snail Bait Pellets   This post isn't related to the threat of snail bait to your garden, but rather your pets. At the end of September 2014 we had to rush one of our cats, Diesel to the Veterinary emergency room with a suspected poisoning. I am quickly going to list the warning signs as… Continue reading Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Chickens · Homesteading · Profile

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Feed & Water

The C files are an article series I started on how-to-keep chickens. This will be another regular feature about backyard chickens that I will rotate with the existing how-to-grow series. Here I will cover chicken feed and water provisions. Feed rations: Biology – Chickens are a prey species and have evolved a digestive system that… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Feed & Water

Homesteading · Off Grid · Solar

Solar Power in South Africa Part 2: Battery Basics, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa.

 Global horizontal irradiation is the most important parameter for evaluation of solar energy potential of a particular region and the most basic value for PV simulations.The maps are free for public use, their reproduction and adaptation is authorised provided the following source is acknowledged: SolarGIS © 2015 GeoModel Solar Must know facts about Solar Batteries… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 2: Battery Basics, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa.