Homesteading · Off Grid · Solar

Solar Power in South Africa Part 3: Solar & Seasonality, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa

How’s your Solar in Winter? (Author: The Economist)   Winter sneaked up on our solar electricity system during July 2015. We hardly took notice of the change in the length of a day before installing solar and now it matters. We lose up to 6 hours in daylight from the longest day in summer to… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 3: Solar & Seasonality, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa

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Biological Control · Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Off Grid · Soil care · Water Supply

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 3): Integrated Organic Gardening

My vegetable garden is entering its 8th year and it has been a long journey of trial and error, many a dead or diseased plant and lots of research into various facets of food production along the way. As I have mentioned many times, organic gardening principles are not properly integrated and do not provide… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 3): Integrated Organic Gardening

Homesteading · Off Grid · Solar

Solar Power in South Africa Part 2: Battery Basics, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa.

 Global horizontal irradiation is the most important parameter for evaluation of solar energy potential of a particular region and the most basic value for PV simulations.The maps are free for public use, their reproduction and adaptation is authorised provided the following source is acknowledged: SolarGIS © 2015 GeoModel Solar Must know facts about Solar Batteries… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 2: Battery Basics, Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa.

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

Green Manures: Cover Crops & Green Forage

I was actually researching green forages as alternative feed for chickens when I noticed there is a large overlap between green forages and green manures. Seeing that nothing is happening in the garden for most of winter I decided to look into green manures a little bit more in detail to grow during the winter… Continue reading Green Manures: Cover Crops & Green Forage

Composting · Homesteading · Off Grid · Soil care

Wormery: Earthworm compost

Worms @ Work Wormeries provide high quality compost that can be added directly to the garden, by decomposing kitchen left-overs. To start a wormery you require stacked containers (3-4 levels) and some earthworms. Most wormeries commercially available are expensive given the amount of space you get from it.   Wormery Construction We acquired some meat-slab/solid-crate… Continue reading Wormery: Earthworm compost

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

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