Food Garden · Homesteading · Off Grid · Water Supply

Water: Rain & Grey water collection & storage

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

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Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Observations

General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

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

Composting · Food Garden · Homesteading · Off Grid · Soil care

Composting: Kitchen waste, NPK & Fertilisers

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

climate · Hardiness Zones · Homesteading

South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones

My research is in Agriculture and as a result I am always on the lookout for climate & agricultural maps of South Africa. The government doesn’t do a good job at updating this information and the weather bureau wants you to pay them a lot of money for such info – on a student budget,… Continue reading South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones

Composting · Homesteading · Soil care

Soil Profiles & Maintenance

Ground Work   Here I will give all the basic information on soil and how to improve your soil for gardening.     Soil Formation and Soil Horizons Soil is formed by the erosion (breakdown by water and wind) of rocks and bedrock. The deposition of organic material increases the disintegration of the rock and… Continue reading Soil Profiles & Maintenance

Homesteading · Propagation

Propagation: Alternatives to Artificial Rooting Hormone – Honey as Rooting Hormone

As part of being a gardener striving for natural and more wallet friendly alternatives I was on the lookout for a substitute to artificial rooting hormone. I had several problems with the store bought stuff: 1)                  They give you so much that I can’t possibly use up everything before it expires. 2)                  You get three… Continue reading Propagation: Alternatives to Artificial Rooting Hormone – Honey as Rooting Hormone

Chickens · Homesteading · Off Grid

The C Files: Reasons for keeping chickens

Before we get to the reasons for keeping chickens lets first summarise the different chicken keeping methods and their terminologies:   There are two categories of chicken keeping; Battery cage and cage free. Battery-cage: These are industrial units for poultry farming on a large scale (also known as factory farming). Mostly the cages are small… Continue reading The C Files: Reasons for keeping chickens

Homesteading · Off Grid · Solar

Solar Power in South Africa Part 1: How to go off grid permanently

Guest Post by the Economist 🙂 The following article was not written by myself (AKA Whisker Flowers) but by our Economist in the house. It is a very comprehensive article on how we got our household solar ready (installed in 2014 and still running! ). This is a full length article but well worth the… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 1: How to go off grid permanently