Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations

Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

We have a few residential sunbirds in the neighbourhood - not the very flashy ones like those in the fynbos areas of South Africa, but none the less gorgeous little birdies. The Whitebellied sunbird, Nectarinia talatala is a common sight for those living close to bushveld towards the northern parts of southern Africa. It is… Continue reading Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

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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.

Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Soil care

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Sustainable*: 1 maintained for long periods of time 2 use of natural resources without environmental damage   Productive*: 1 producing crop yield abundantly and efficiently 2 being worthy or satisfactory   Economical*: 1 making the most of resources 2 inexpensive 3 avoid unnecessary waste 4 efficient use of time and energy * Definitions according to… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Observations · Pest Control

DIY Bird Deterrents

There be Bulbuls (Round 1...) During the summer growing season we have had some problems with Black-eyed Bulbuls that help themselves to our tomatoes, raspberries and figs. The nasty little buggers always managed to get to the fruits just when they’ve ripened – the cats aren't doing their jobs of scaring the birds away! So… Continue reading DIY Bird Deterrents

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Carrot: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

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

Homesteading · Propagation

Propagation: Alternatives to Artificial Rooting Hormone – Honey as Rooting Hormone

As part of being a gardener striving for natural and more wallet friendly alternatives I was on the lookout for a substitute to artificial rooting hormone. I had several problems with the store bought stuff: They give you so much that I can’t possibly use up everything before it expires. You get three different kinds,… Continue reading Propagation: Alternatives to Artificial Rooting Hormone – Honey as Rooting Hormone