Observations · Pest Control

DIY Bird Deterrents

There be Bulbuls (Round 1...) During the summer growing season we have had some problems with Black-eyed Bulbuls that help themselves to our tomatoes, raspberries and figs. The nasty little buggers always managed to get to the fruits just when they’ve ripened – the cats aren't doing their jobs of scaring the birds away! So… Continue reading DIY Bird Deterrents

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How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Carrot: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

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

Food Garden · Lunar gardening · Observations

Lunar Gardening Revisited & Biodynamics

Before I dove into lunar planting back in 2014 I first wanted to see whether there are any proper scientific studies done on lunar gardening that indicates whether it has a beneficial effect or not. I searched all the dungeons of the internet and didn’t have much success. Most of the scientific papers either investigated… Continue reading Lunar Gardening Revisited & Biodynamics

Chickens · Homesteading · Profile

SISTAS IN DA COOP! Native South African Chicken Breeds

We have been keeping chickens since 2012. So during my quest to source chickens, many local sites suggested that if you’d like to keep chickens, try and do so with indigenous ones. I did not even knew that you get chickens indigenous to Southern Africa when I started! It is hard to find information on… Continue reading SISTAS IN DA COOP! Native South African Chicken Breeds

Biological Control · Food Garden · Insect · Pest Control

Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

Little creatures that help in a big way The major helpers in the garden all reside within the soil community. The hardest and most efficient workers are the smallest; bacteria and fungi, which decompose organic material. The larger helpers are the toads, lizards and birds that catch and eat other pests, although, birds might eat… Continue reading Garden Helpers: Little creatures, big helpers

climate · Drought · Observations · Water Supply

South Africa steering towards a Water Disaster Area: 50 L of water pp/day – the new normal #DayZero #ThinkWater

South Africa is suffering from a crippling drought brought on by the worst El Nino in decades, starting in 2014.  Cape Town (south point of South Africa) and the surrounding areas have become drought disaster area at the moment as many farmers and villages do not have enough water due to poor planning of infrastructure,… Continue reading South Africa steering towards a Water Disaster Area: 50 L of water pp/day – the new normal #DayZero #ThinkWater

Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Basil: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Basil stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 – Very Easy, weekly check-ups Water: 4/5 – A good amount (daily, especially in a container) Sun: 3-5/5 – Full sun (can be grown in dappled shade) Training: 5/5 – Absolutely, prune regularly to shape Fertilise/Feeding: 1/5 – Minimal (at least in the growing season) Time… Continue reading Basil: How To Grow – Herb of the Month