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

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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

How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable

Pea plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Pea plant stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising: 2/5 - Biweekly check-ups Water: 2-5 - Twice a week Sun: 4/5 - Full sun, shade tolerant Training: 4/5 - Moderate, train up a trellis Fertilise/Feeding: 4/5 - Fortnightly, half strength fertiliser Time to Harvest: 4/5 - A long time, 3-4 months Frost Hardiness: 3/4 -… Continue reading Pea plant: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Chickens · eggs · Food Garden · Observations

The C Files: How to raise chickens – Egg production

Chickens are a popular source of protein, due to their low-cost of raising and dual use as meat and eggs for protein production. South Africans are especially fond of chicken and it represents the most consumed protein in SA. Seeing that eggs are an easy, accessible and economic way to produce home-grown protein it is… Continue reading The C Files: How to raise chickens – Egg production

Food Garden · Insect · Observations · Wildlife

Little White Butterflies

Where do the white butterflies come from? Where do the white butterflies go? Every year in South Africa, during December-January, little white butterflies take to the air in their thousands, all flying in the same direction. They visit gardens and flowers along the way. Even though it is a yearly occurrence, many people don’t know… Continue reading Little White Butterflies