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

Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Spring

Spring Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Spring has arrived and this marks the third edition of the Seasonal Planner series! This planner is specifically crafted for 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 and Winter garden… Continue reading Spring Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Food Garden · Homesteading · planner · Winter

Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

We move on to the second installment of the Seasonal Planner series! Here we focus on the Winter gardening jobs for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall) Winter is a lull and this is mirrored in the garden and general animal (human and otherwise) activities. It is… Continue reading Winter Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

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

Food Garden · Homesteading · Tips · Water Supply · Winter

Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips Here in the highveld, i.e., Gauteng region of South Africa, we don't receive much rain during winter. Luckily the colder months and lower plant activity means that plants aren't as thirsty either. However, let's look at how to lessen your watering requirements even more, because let's be honest now: Who wants to… Continue reading Frugal Living: Electricity & Water Saving Tips

Autumn · Food Garden · Homesteading · planner

Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Alright! Here is the first edition of the Seasonal Planner series! We start off with the gardening jobs of Autumn for the Southern Hemisphere, specifically South Africa, Gauteng! I will be handing over this post to Colonel Whiskers Flowers, who will take you through the steps! *Itallics = Afrikaans words, you can Google Translate them… Continue reading Autumn Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

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