Food Garden · Herb · Profile

Thyme: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

Thyme stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very Easy, plant and leaveWater:1/5 – Minimal, weekly (especially in a container)Sun: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 (purchased a seedling) to Soon (from seed)Frost Hardiness:1/4 – Very Hardy (can’t… Continue reading Thyme: How to Grow – Herb of the Month

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

climate · Drought · Food Garden · Observations · Water Supply

Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

Introduction It is that time of year again! I have 8 seasons worth (i.e., 8 years) of rainfall data for our analytic scrutinization LOL! The rainfall season for this season and last season has been an immense improvement on our drought years... so lets take a closer look at the numbers, shall we? The Data… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2021

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

climate · Drought · Food Garden · Observations · Water Supply

Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2020

Introduction We have been diligently tallying our seasonal rainfall since 2013 throughout the El Nino drought years. Since 2014 South Africa has faced severe droughts, crippling the water supply, which treatened to leave Cape Town without water in 2018! The deepening of the drought years also meant that I had scaled down the vegetable garden… Continue reading Seasonal Rainfall Update: 2020

Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Summer

Summer Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Summer is finally here after lots of rain along with the fourth edition of the Seasonal Planner series! This planner is targeted towards the Gauteng (Highveld) area of South Africa! Get the lowdown (or the highdown I suppose) on the Highveld Biome and Other South African Climates & Hardiness Zones here. 1. Similar to the Autumn,… Continue reading Summer Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa