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. There is a misconception that it is hard to grow capsicums, but the reason for this is mainly that the […]
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.
Peas are essentially a cool season vegetable and one of the first that can be planted in spring.
Onions need full sun and will grow in most types of soil. Seed can be sown in trays or in-situ, although trays may be easier to manage. The young seedlings transplant well.
Many food gardeners have mixed feelings about the December holiday season.
Here’s a way to have at least one homegrown salad ingredient available all year round.
Lovers of avocado will find an investment in a tree or two well worth their while. Common name: Avocado Botanical name: Persia Americana Origin: Tropical America Propagation Growing an avocado tree from a pip suspended over a container of water is fun, but trees grown this way can take from seven to 15 years to […]
Baby marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchinis, are most rewarding plants for the home vegetable gardener to grow. The seed germinates easily and the first fruit is ready for picking within 65 days from sowing. The plant itself is also attractive: it has big, hairy leaves and bears and abundance of yellow flowers that […]