Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Tips

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening Series

I have a few articles that are meant to be read as a series, one following on the other and building upon that information. One of the first series I started was how to grow and maintain a productive garden without breaking the bank, yourself or the environment. 1.Vegetables Worth Growing The very first article… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening Series

Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Profile · Vegetable · Winter

Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Onion stats/requirements at a glance Ease of Raising:5/5 – Very easy (plant and leave)Water:1-2/5 – Weekly to twice weeklySun:4/5 – Full sun & shade tolerantTraining:1/5 – NoneFertilise/Feeding:4/5 – Every two weeksTime to Harvest:5/5 – Forever (+5 months)Frost Hardiness:4/4 – Very Hardy (can’t take black frost) Uses Culinary, pest control, beneficial insect attractingMost Problematic Nemesis:Usually pest… Continue reading Common Garden/Globe Onion: How to Grow – Vegetable of the Month

Composting · Food Garden · Herb · Homesteading · Pest Control · Soil care · Tips · Vegetable · Water Supply

Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

Here I am going to provide a collection of articles, which will present the essential information for the beginner vegetable gardener or homesteader. A Vegetable garden consists of 4 key systems: Soil, Water, Plants & Animals. These systems are connect and influence each other, which can be illustrated as follows: Integrative Organic Gardening IOG The… Continue reading Advise for the Beginner Vegetable Gardener

blogging · Food Garden · Homesteading

Blog Update & Plans 2019

Whisker Flowers (WF) is my reinvigorated blog inherited from Google Blogger, a move I made because Mr G was stomping the predecessor out of existence due to its search algorithm changes. Considering this continuation, WF is actually going into its 8th year online! Hence, all the thoroughly reviewed content. However, for these 8 years I… Continue reading Blog Update & Plans 2019

Homesteading · Observations · Soil care

Natural (Bio)fertilisers & Living Mulches: The Edible Legumes

I have been running several posts on using plants as biofertilisers, living mulch and even chicken feed. This post is a follow up on the living mulches that I have been experimenting with. Several plants (which include many legumes) that can be used as green manures and green chicken forage. Previously, I have used Penny… Continue reading Natural (Bio)fertilisers & Living Mulches: The Edible Legumes

Food Garden · Homesteading · How to Grow · Observations

General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

Guidelines to happy, healthy vegetables & fruits: ✓ Vegetables and fruits require a certain amount of sunlight All vegetables and fruits require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to be healthy and crop well.   ✓ Water plants @ their stems This is important to prevent some diseases from infecting the leaves of plants… Continue reading General Garden Guidelines: Rules for all plants & seasons

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 shoe-string budget,… Continue reading South Africa Climate & Hardiness Zones