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Thyme: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Thyme stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:1/5 – Minimal, weekly (especially in a container)Sun:5/5 – Full sunTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate (purchased a seedling) to Soon (from seed)Frost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy (can’t… Continue reading Thyme: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

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Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Bay stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:4/5 – DailySun:5/5 – Full sunTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate, yet slow growingFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very tender (can’t cope with light frost), cold tolerant  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Scale, aphidsContainer… Continue reading Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Food Garden · How to Grow · Vegetable

Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Potato stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 - Very easy, plant & leave Water:3/5 – Moderate, every second daySun:3/5 - Full sun, can grow in shadeTraining:2/5 – Needs some (spindly branches)Fertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Moderate (monthly)Time to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate (small potatoes at 2 months and larger 3-4 months)Frost Hardiness:3/4 – Mildly Hardy (can’t take severe frost)UsesCulinaryMost… Continue reading Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

climate · Drought · Food Garden · Observations · Water Supply

Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

Introduction It is that time of year again! I have 8 seasons worth (i.e., 8 years) of rainfall data for our analytic scrutinization LOL! The rainfall season for this season and last season has been an immense improvement on our drought years... so lets take a closer look at the numbers, shall we? The Data… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

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Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Common Beans stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:2/5 – Biweekly check-upsWater:2/5 – Twice a weekSun:4/5 – Full sun, shade tolerantTraining:3/5 – Some, support with stakesFertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Monthly, half strength liquid fertiliserTime to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate, 2-3 monthsFrost Hardiness:2/4 – Tender, can’t cope with mild frost  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Black bean aphidsContainer Plant:Yes Haricot Plantes potageres Vilmorin-Andrieux,… Continue reading Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · How to Grow

Parsley: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Parsley stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a weekSun:1-2/5 – Full sun or partial shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:2/5 – Soon, 1-2 months when sownFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black… Continue reading Parsley: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

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Mint: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Mint stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:2/5 – Minimal, twice a week (especially in a container)Sun:3/5 – Full sun & dappled shadeTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate (purchased a seedling)Frost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy… Continue reading Mint: How to Grow – Herb of the Month