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Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

Tamarillo stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 1/5 Daily check-ups Water: 4/5 Daily Sun: 2/5 Partial shade Training: 5/5 Absolutely, train for optimal production Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 1/4 Frost tender, can’t cope light frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic Nemesis: Aphids, Whitefly, Leafhoppers Container Plant: Yes,… Continue reading Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

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Eggplant Rust – Disease of the Month

Eggplant Rust at a glance   Type of Damage Stunted growth, leaf blight Plant Symptoms Bright orange blisters under leaves Favourite Plant Common & African eggplant Control Difficult (Sulphur based products) Quick Intro This is a recently identified rust problem on eggplants. Pearl Millet Rust (Puccinia substriata var. substriata), the same fungus that infects Pearl Millet (Pennisetum… Continue reading Eggplant Rust – Disease of the Month

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Eggplant: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Eggplant 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 Fornightly (fruiting) Time to Harvest: 2/5 – Soon (1-2 months… Continue reading Eggplant: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

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Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Fig stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly check-ups Water: 2-3/5 Every second day/bi-weekly Sun: 4/5 Full sun, will tolerate some shade Training: 2-5/5 Minimal to maintenance pruning Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Monthly-fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 3/4 Very hardy once established, can’t cope black frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic… Continue reading Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

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Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Raspberry stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly Check-ups (fruiting & ripening) Water: 4/5 Daily (they don’t mind ‘wet feet’ in pots) Sun: 4/5 Full sun, shade tolerant (morning sun preferable) Training: 5/5 Absolutely, require stakes and pruning of already fruited stems Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Moderate (monthly when growing) to fortnightly (fruiting) Time to… Continue reading Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

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Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing

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

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Edibles: Food Plant Families & Botanical Definitions

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