In the spirit of World Cucumber Day on June 14, Tanya shows you how to grow these versatile vegetables successfully. If you follow these step-by-step instructions, hopefully there will be some fresh cucumbers in your garden this spring! Place either seedling mix or coconut husk in a small terracotta pot – anything […]
Winter sowing is coming to an end, except in sub-tropical areas where the season is only really starting! Time to get ready for winter and the challenges that it brings Good to know Combining green manure crops with compost (at planting time) builds long-term organic matter and should supply all the necessary nutrients for the […]
‘Turkish Orange’ eggplant Spice up your food garden with these deliciously different veggie varieties! Every year we lucky food gardeners are presented with new varieties of old favourites, plants that add some pizzazz to the veggie garden and manage to carry the excitement through to the kitchen. Here are a pick of some of […]
5 tips for success Grow sweetcorn in blocks, not rows. For cobs to form, the female flowers need to be pollinated by the male flowers. Growing them in blocks allows the wind to more effectively pollinate the plants. That won’t happen if they are planted in a row. Make sure plants grow in full sun […]
Spice up your food garden with these deliciously different veggie varieties. Every year we lucky food gardeners are presented with new varieties of old favourites, plants that add some pizzazz to the veggie garden and manage to carry the excitement through to the kitchen. Here are a pick of some of our favourites for this season.
August is the time to get out those seed packets and hone your sowing, spacing and thinning out skills.
One of the joys of growing tomatoes in pots is that they do so well, and if the pots can be moved as the sun moves then one can pick tomatoes well into winter, which is a real bonus.
Early December presents the last chance in the season to plant both the hot and the sweet capsicums, so whether your taste tends towards hot and fiery or sweet and crunchy start sowing them now.
Hailing from the Americas, originally thought to be poisonous and saddled with the unwieldy botanical name Lycopersicon esculentum, the tomato is now used worldwide and is an almost indispensable part of meal preparation in many South African homes.
Although it may not yet feel like it, autumn is on its way and root vegetables, including carrots, beetroot, onions, turnips and radishes, prefer the cooler growing conditions.