Pest · Pest Control · Profile

Scale Insects – Pest of the Month

 Scale at a glance   Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Stunted growth, leaf drop, leaf curl, death Favourite Plant Many trees and shrubs, citrus especially Occurrence Year-round in areas with mild winters (SA) Distribution Worldwide Control Moderate: physical control and preventative measures preferable, biological control agents available   Quick Intro Scale insects are found… Continue reading Scale Insects – Pest of the Month

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Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Cucumber: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Cucumber stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5       - Weekly check-up Water: 4/5       - Daily Sun: 5/5       - Full sun, no shade Training: 2-4/5    – Moderate (on trellis) Fertilise/Feeding: 3/5       – Moderate (monthly) Time to Harvest: 3/5       – Moderate (2-3 months from seed) Frost Hardiness: 1/4       – Very Tender (cannot take light… Continue reading Cucumber: How To Grow – Fruit of the Month

Biological Control · Insect · Profile

Flies: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Flies at a glance Occupation: Predator, pollinator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller and Pollinator Danger to Humans: 2/5 – Most are harmless, some bite Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro Flies are seen as vermin and disgusting creatures. Although a large portion of flies are detrivores and… Continue reading Flies: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Sweet Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Sweet Potato stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 5/5 - Very easy Water: 2-4/5 – Twice a week to daily Sun: 4/5 - Full sun, will tolerate shade Training: 1/5 – None, except for unwanted runners Fertilise/Feeding: 3/5 – Moderate (monthly) Time to Harvest: 4/5 – Moderate (3-4 months as leaves die, but well… Continue reading Sweet Potato: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Composting · Herb · How to Grow · Profile · Soil care

Comfrey: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Comfrey stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 3/5 – Bi-weekly check-ups Water: 2/5 – Minimal, twice per week (especially, container) Sun: 4/5 – Full sun, shade tolerant Training: 1/5 – Minimal (harvesting keeps plant in shape) Fertilise/Feeding: 1/5 – Minimal, at least during the growing season Time to Harvest: 1/5 – Immediate (seedling) to… Continue reading Comfrey: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Insect · Pest · Profile

Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month

Caterpillars at a glance Type of Damage Chewing Plant Symptoms Holes in fruits, missing leaves, eaten leaves, ‘felled’ seedlings Favourite Plant Most food crops, especially tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes, citrus, sweet potato, Solanum family Control Biological (predators: wasps, mantids, assassin bugs & chickens), else physical removal Quick Intro Caterpillars are regarded as one of the… Continue reading Caterpillars – Garden Pest of the Month

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Squash & Pumpkin: How To Grow − Fruit(s) of the Month

Squash stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5       - Weekly check up Water: 4/5       - Daily Sun: 5/5       - Full sun, no shade Training: 2-4/5    – Minimal (Zucchini) to Moderate (Squash), dead or damages leaves to trellis training Fertilise/Feeding: 3/5       – Moderate (monthly) Time to Harvest: 2-5/5    – Soon (Zucchini) to end… Continue reading Squash & Pumpkin: How To Grow − Fruit(s) of the Month