Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable · Winter

Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Onion stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very easy (plant and leave)Water:1-2/5 – Weekly to twice weeklySun:4/5 – Full sun & shade tolerantTraining:1/5 – NoneFertilise/Feeding:4/5 – Every two weeksTime to Harvest:5/5 – Forever (+5 months)Frost Hardiness:4/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black frost) Uses Culinary, pest control, beneficial insect attractingMost Problematic Nemesis:Usually pest… Continue reading Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

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Composting · Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · Pest Control · Soil care · Tips · Vegetable · Water Supply

Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

Here I am going to provide a collection of articles, which will present the essential information for the beginner vegetable gardener or homesteader. A Vegetable garden consists of 4 key systems: Soil, Water, Plants & Animals. These systems are connect and influence each other, which can be illustrated as follows: Integrative Organic Gardening IOG The… Continue reading Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Winter

Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

We move on to the second installment of the Seasonal Planner series! Here we focus on the Winter gardening jobs for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall) Winter is a lull and this is mirrored in the garden and general animal (human and otherwise) activities. It is… Continue reading Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Food Garden · Homesteading · Tips · Water Supply · Winter

Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips Here in the highveld, i.e., Gauteng region of South Africa, we don't receive much rain during winter. Luckily the colder months and lower plant activity means that plants aren't as thirsty either. However, let's look at how to lessen your watering requirements even more, because let's be honest now: Who wants to… Continue reading Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

Autumn · Food Garden · Homesteading · planner

Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Alright! Here is the first edition of the Seasonal Planner series! We start off with the gardening jobs of Autumn for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! I will be handing over this post to Colonel Whiskers Flowers, who will take you through the steps! *Itallics = Afrikaans words, you can Google Translate them… Continue reading Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

blogging · Food Garden · Homesteading

Blog Update & Plans 2019

Whisker Flowers (WF) is my reinvigorated blog inherited from Google Blogger, a move I made because Mr G was stomping the predecessor out of existence due to its search algorithm changes. Considering this continuation, WF is actually going into its 8th year online! Hence, all the thoroughly reviewed content. However, for these 8 years I… Continue reading Blog Update & Plans 2019

Homesteading · Observations · Soil care · Wildlife

An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem

To the majority of people soil is just soil – a sandy/clay substance in which plants grow and where little boys dirty their clothes, but to the savvy vegetable gardener, we know that the soil is the essential foundation from whence plants gain their nutrients. Without the correct balance of nutrients; plants grow poorly and… Continue reading An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem