climate · Drought · Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Water Supply

Lessons from Gardening in a Drought: Drought Angels SA, Farmers in Distress, Boere in Nood & Water Shortage SA

In South Africa: 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 are basically in a drought disaster area at the moment as many farmers and villages do not have enough water due… Continue reading Lessons from Gardening in a Drought: Drought Angels SA, Farmers in Distress, Boere in Nood & Water Shortage SA

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Biological Control · Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Off Grid · Soil care · Water Supply

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 3): Integrated Organic Gardening

My vegetable garden is entering its 8th year and it has been a long journey of trial and error, many a dead or diseased plant and lots of research into various facets of food production along the way. As I have mentioned many times, organic gardening principles are not properly integrated and do not provide… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 3): Integrated Organic Gardening

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

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

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

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

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