Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Spring

Spring Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Spring has arrived and this marks the third edition of the Seasonal Planner series! This planner is specifically crafted for the Gauteng (Highveld area) of South Africa! Get the lowdown (or the highdown I suppose) on the Highveld Biome and Other South African Climates & Hardiness Zones here. 1. Similar to the Autumn and Winter garden… Continue reading Spring Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

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Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable · Winter

Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Onion stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very easy (plant and leave)Water:1-2/5 – Weekly to twice weeklySun:4/5 – Full sun & shade tolerantTraining:1/5 – NoneFertilise/Feeding:4/5 – Every two weeksTime to Harvest:5/5 – Forever (+5 months)Frost Hardiness:4/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black frost) Uses Culinary, pest control, beneficial insect attractingMost Problematic Nemesis:Usually pest… Continue reading Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Composting · Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · Pest Control · Soil care · Tips · Vegetable · Water Supply

Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

Here I am going to provide a collection of articles, which will present the essential information for the beginner vegetable gardener or homesteader. A Vegetable garden consists of 4 key systems: Soil, Water, Plants & Animals. These systems are connect and influence each other, which can be illustrated as follows: Integrative Organic Gardening IOG The… Continue reading Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Winter

Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

We move on to the second installment of the Seasonal Planner series! Here we focus on the Winter gardening jobs for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall) Winter is a lull and this is mirrored in the garden and general animal (human and otherwise) activities. It is… Continue reading Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Insect · Pest · Profile

Aphids – Pest of the Month

Aphids at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Stunted growth, leaf curl, transmit diseases Favourite Plant All plants Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Difficult, physical preferable, biological control agents available   Quick Intro Aphids are an ubiquitous pest species, if you have ever taken care of a… Continue reading Aphids – Pest of the Month

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

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