Water Gathering Techniques Now, when you start a veggie garden, ensure that you have access to water that is essentially free of charge. This will save you money and will not pull from valuable municipal water resources, especially when you live in semi-arid and arid areas (such as South Africa). Collecting Rainwater Now I have… Continue reading Water: Rain & Grey water collection & storage
Guidelines to happy, healthy vegetables & fruits: ✓ Vegetables and fruits require a certain amount of sunlight All vegetables and fruits require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to be healthy and crop well. ✓ Water plants @ their stems This is important to prevent some diseases from infecting the leaves of plants… Continue reading General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons
I have always been curious about the topic of Lunar Gardening. After watching a TV show where they compared two vegetable plots. Both had the same growing conditions and the only difference being one was planted according to the moon phase and the other they planted whenever they felt like it. Amazingly the moon planted… Continue reading Lunar Gardening – Planting by the phases of the moon
Home Style Composting Composting is a very important section of any good gardening book – but they all fail to mention how wonderful good ol’ kitchen waste is. Some say it takes too long to break down and that it must be degraded before planting... but that is a bunch of half-truths. Kitchen waste will… Continue reading Composting: Kitchen waste, NPK & Fertilisers
I wrote this post in 2014, but is has become even more applicable given the state of South Africa's economy and sky-rocketing food prices. When I started vegetable gardening I didn't think that it would save a lot of money (maybe come out square?). We started the vegetable garden as part of a ‘productive hobby’… Continue reading Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing
Here is a very comprehensive list of plant families to which our crops, spices, fruits, herbs and vegetables belong. Also supplied are the botanical definitions for some of the fruits, vegetables and herbs we use daily. Food Plant Families Family (Scientific classification) Represents Members Actinidiaceae Chinese gooseberry family Kiwifruit Amaryllidaceae Amaryllis or Onion family Garlic,… Continue reading Edibles: Food Plant Families & Botanical Definitions
My Homesteading and Kitchen Vegetable Gardening Blog was on Google Blogger since 2011, where I nearly reached half a million pageviews before Google's algorithm change knocked out 80% of its organic search traffic. Google clearly doesn't have appreciation anymore for the content and information source that I have built there. So I decided that me… Continue reading Experienced Homesteader & Established Kitchen Gardening Blog Moving In!