Chickens · Coops · Homesteading · Profile

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Layers & Nest Business

One would think that chickens were first domesticated for their egg and meat production, but in fact they were initially kept for cock fighting in Asia. These days chickens lay eggs on a daily (or nearly-daily) basis for human consumption, before we get to all the nitty gritty about nesting let me first start off… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Layers & Nest Business

Food Garden · Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Bay stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:4/5 – DailySun:5/5 – Full sunTraining:1/5 – Minimal (3Ds: Dead, damaged and diseased)Fertilise/Feeding:1/5 – Minimal (at least during the growing season)Time to Harvest:1/5 – Immediate, yet slow growingFrost Hardiness:1/4 – Very tender (can’t cope with light frost), cold tolerant  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Scale, aphidsContainer… Continue reading Bay Laurel: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Food Garden · How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Common Beans stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:2/5 – Biweekly check-upsWater:2/5 – Twice a weekSun:4/5 – Full sun, shade tolerantTraining:3/5 – Some, support with stakesFertilise/Feeding:3/5 – Monthly, half strength liquid fertiliserTime to Harvest:3/5 – Moderate, 2-3 monthsFrost Hardiness:2/4 – Tender, can’t cope with mild frost  Uses:CulinaryMost Problematic Nemesis:Black bean aphidsContainer Plant:Yes Haricot Plantes potageres Vilmorin-Andrieux,… Continue reading Common Bean plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Food Garden · Fruit · Homesteading · How to Grow · Profile

Kumquat: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

KumquatCitrus japonicaFlora Japonica 1870Kurt Stober's Online Library Kumquat stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 3/5 Bi-weekly check-ups Water: 3-4/5 Every 2nd day to Daily Sun: 5/5 Full sun Training: 3/5 Some, pinching out growth or flowers Fertilise/Feeding: 3/5 Moderate, monthly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 4/4 Very hardy, can’t cope… Continue reading Kumquat: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

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

Insect · Pest · Profile

Aphids – Pest of the Month

Aphids at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Stunted growth, leaf curl, transmit diseases Favourite Plant All plants Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Difficult, physical preferable, biological control agents available   Quick Intro Aphids are an ubiquitous pest species, if you have ever taken care of a… Continue reading Aphids – Pest of the Month

Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Lacewings: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Lacewings at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller Danger to Humans: 2/5 – Harmless Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Lacewings adults are delicate wee fairy-folk of the vegetable garden… but do not let them fool you as they are voracious hunters of pest… Continue reading Lacewings: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month