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

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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

Biological Control · Insect · Pest Control · Profile

Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Wasps at a glance Occupation: Predator Value to Gardener: 5/5 - Pest Controller and Pollinator Danger to Humans: 4/5 – They can sting when provoked Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some Quick Intro The wasp is likely an under appreciated garden helper. They are one of a few insects that duel… Continue reading Wasps: Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Beetroot: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Beetroot stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 4/5 – Easy (monthly check-ups) Water: 3/5 – Moderate (high heat, every second day) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun, no shade Training: 1/5 – None Fertilise/Feeding: 1-3/5 – Moderate (growing, monthly) to Minimal (during root set, none) Time to Harvest: 3/5 – Moderate (2-3 months) Frost Hardiness:… Continue reading Beetroot: How To Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Chickens · Homesteading · Profile

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Feed & Water

The C files are an article series I started on how-to-keep chickens. This will be another regular feature about backyard chickens that I will rotate with the existing how-to-grow series. Here I will cover chicken feed and water provisions. Feed rations: Biology – Chickens are a prey species and have evolved a digestive system that… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Feed & Water

Herb · How to Grow · Profile

Rosemary: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Rosemary stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leave Water: 1/5 – Minimal, weekly (especially in a container) Sun: 5/5 – Full sun Training: 1/5 – Minimal (only to shape) Fertilise/Feeding: 1/5 – Minimal (at least once during the growing season) Time to Harvest: 1/5 – Immediate (purchased a… Continue reading Rosemary: How To Grow – Herb of the Month

Insect · Pest · Pest Control · Profile

Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month

Leafhoppers at a glance Type of Damage Pierce-sucking Plant Symptoms Browning & curling of leaf edges Favourite Plant Tomatoes & Potatoes Control Biological (predators: spiders & mantids) Quick Intro These jumping insects are common in the garden, especially around the Acacia trees in our garden. Not only do they attack plants, but they lower the… Continue reading Leafhoppers – Garden Pest of the Month