Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Rosemary: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Rosemary 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 once during the growing season) Time to Harvest: 1/5 – Immediate (purchased a… Continue reading Rosemary: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

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Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Soil care

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Sustainable*: 1 maintained for long periods of time 2 use of natural resources without environmental damage   Productive*: 1 producing crop yield abundantly and efficiently 2 being worthy or satisfactory   Economical*: 1 making the most of resources 2 inexpensive 3 avoid unnecessary waste 4 efficient use of time and energy * Definitions according to… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Insect · Pest · Pest Control · Profile

Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Leafhoppers at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Browning & curling of leaf edges Favourite Plant Tomatoes & Potatoes Control Biological (predators: spiders & mantids) Quick Intro These jumping insects are common in the garden, especially around the Acacia trees in our garden. Not only do they attack plants, but they lower the… Continue reading Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Biological Control · Food Garden · Insect · Observations · Pest · Pest Control

Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

The Wildlife Garden - How to attract beneficial insects to your garden Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is the use of multiple pest preventative measures, such as diverse crop planting, crop rotation, green manures and responsible pesticide use. Enlisting the help of beneficial insects is also used to control pest populations and improve crop production.   Insectaries… Continue reading Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile · Uncategorized

Peppers & Paprikas: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Pepper & Paprika stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 3/5 – Bi-weekly check up Water: 4/5 – Daily (mostly during fruit set) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun, no shade (fruit ripening) Training: 3/5 – Needs some, pinching out of flowers/growth Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 – Monthly (growing) to Fortnightly (fruiting) Time to Harvest: 3-4/5 – Moderate… Continue reading Peppers & Paprikas: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Insect · Observations · Pest · Pest Control

Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

  Pests are considered resistant to a certain chemical compound (natural or synthetic compounds) when it is no longer killed or adversely affected by the chemical. Most pesticides target biological systems in order to control pest populations – “control” meaning: to reduce pest populations to levels that do not cause great plant - or economical… Continue reading Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

Biological Control · Food Garden · Pest Control · Profile

Amphibians – Garden Critter of the Month

Toads & Frogs at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 4/5 - Pest Controller! Danger to Humans: 0/5 - None Availability: 4/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some     Quick Intro Just a short post our regular garden inhabitant and cricket-controller. Amphibians include three lineages: salamanders, frogs & toads, and caecilians.… Continue reading Amphibians – Garden Critter of the Month