Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

Tamarillo stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 1/5 Daily check-ups Water: 4/5 Daily Sun: 2/5 Partial shade Training: 5/5 Absolutely, train for optimal production Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 Fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 1/4 Frost tender, can’t cope light frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic Nemesis: Aphids, Whitefly, Leafhoppers Container Plant: Yes,… Continue reading Tamarillo (Tree Tomato) – How to Grow: Fruit of the Month

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Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Fig stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly check-ups Water: 2-3/5 Every second day/bi-weekly Sun: 4/5 Full sun, will tolerate some shade Training: 2-5/5 Minimal to maintenance pruning Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Monthly-fortnightly Time to Harvest: 5/5 Forever, 5+ months Frost Hardiness: 3/4 Very hardy once established, can’t cope black frost Uses Culinary Most Problematic… Continue reading Fig: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

climate · Hardiness Zones · Homesteading

South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones

My research is in Agriculture and as a result I am always on the lookout for climate & agricultural maps of South Africa. The government doesn’t do a good job at updating this information and the weather bureau wants you to pay them a lot of money for such info – on a student budget,… Continue reading South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones

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: 1)                  They give you so much that I can’t possibly use up everything before it expires. 2)                  You get three… Continue reading Propagation: Alternatives to Artificial Rooting Hormone – Honey as Rooting Hormone

Chickens · Homesteading · Off Grid

The C Files: Reasons for keeping chickens

Before we get to the reasons for keeping chickens lets first summarise the different chicken keeping methods and their terminologies:   There are two categories of chicken keeping; Battery cage and cage free. Battery-cage: These are industrial units for poultry farming on a large scale (also known as factory farming). Mostly the cages are small… Continue reading The C Files: Reasons for keeping chickens

Fruit · How to Grow · Profile

Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Raspberry stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 Weekly Check-ups (fruiting & ripening) Water: 4/5 Daily (they don’t mind ‘wet feet’ in pots) Sun: 4/5 Full sun, shade tolerant (morning sun preferable) Training: 5/5 Absolutely, require stakes and pruning of already fruited stems Fertilise/Feeding: 3-4/5 Moderate (monthly when growing) to fortnightly (fruiting) Time to… Continue reading Raspberry: How to Grow – Fruit of the Month

Homesteading · Off Grid · Solar

Solar Power in South Africa Part 1: How to go off grid permanently

Guest Post by the Economist 🙂 The following article was not written by myself (AKA Whisker Flowers) but by our Economist in the house. It is a very comprehensive article on how we got our household solar ready (installed in 2014 and still running! ). This is a full length article but well worth the… Continue reading Solar Power in South Africa Part 1: How to go off grid permanently

Biological Control · Insect · Profile

Ladybeetle (Ladybug or Ladybird): Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Ladybeetles (Ladybugs or Ladybirds) at a glance Occupation: Predator or Pest Value to Gardener: 3/5 - Pest Controller (some are pests!) Danger to Humans: 1/5 – Harmless Availability: 5/5 – They’ll arrive or you can buy some     Quick Intro Ladybugs, ladybirds or ladybeetles; these insects are firm favourites amongst gardeners and non-gardeners alike… Continue reading Ladybeetle (Ladybug or Ladybird): Biological Control – Garden Critter of the Month

Food Garden · Fruit · Herb · Homesteading · Vegetable

Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing

I wrote this post in 2014, but is has become even more applicable given the state of South Africa's economy and sky-rocketing food prices. When I started vegetable gardening I didn't think that it would save a lot of money (maybe come out square?). We started the vegetable garden as part of a ‘productive hobby’… Continue reading Starting a Productive & Economical Food Garden (Part 1): Vegetables Worth Growing