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

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Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Sage: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Sage stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leave Water: 1/5 – Minimal, weekly (especially in a container) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun Training: 1/5 – Minimal (only to shape) Fertilise/Feeding: 1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season) Time to Harvest: 1/5 – Immediate (purchased a seedling)… Continue reading Sage: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

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

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