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Winter Leafy Veg

May 20, 2024 2:29 pm Published by

Full of flavour, easy to grow and good for you – let us sow some green, winter leafy veg! While…

Parsley

May 19, 2024 3:19 pm Published by

This herb is not only a very healthy, all-purpose garnish, it is an excellent companion plant. Sowing parsley from seed…

Spicy Edible Plants

March 21, 2024 11:12 am Published by

There’s always been a connection between hot countries and spicy food. The common assumption is that foods that make us…

5-Minute Fruit Picker

January 24, 2024 10:30 am Published by

This really easy DIY will have you picking ripe fruit from the higher reaches of the trees in no time.…

DIY Cucumber Trellis

January 24, 2024 9:23 am Published by

Grow your own cucumbers up an A-frame trellis with this really easy DIY for the food garden. You will need:…

Growing Granadillas

October 25, 2023 2:51 pm Published by

If you’re a fan of both sweet and sour flavours, you should be growing granadillas in your garden. Also known…

Sowing Vegetable Seeds

October 25, 2023 8:18 am Published by

There are many reasons to consider sowing seeds in your vegetable garden. The first and most obvious reason is budget.…

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Herb Infused Soaps

October 5, 2023 9:02 pm Published by

Wash away the dust of the day with these homemade herbal soaps Making herbal soaps to use yourself or to…

All About Bees

October 4, 2023 1:01 pm Published by

Honeybees add so much more to our lives than honey… We love bees. We love the sound they make in…

Recipes with Nasturtiums

October 3, 2023 2:08 pm Published by

They may look sweet, but nasturtiums have a surprisingly peppery taste, similar to mustard or watercress. This makes them great…

Perennial Veggies

September 19, 2023 3:50 pm Published by

The benefits of perennial vegetables are many, and there are very few drawbacks. Our local organic gardening guru, Dale Grobler,…

Window Box Veggie Gardening

August 22, 2023 9:14 am Published by

The idea of window box farming sounds delightfully quixotic and impractical. Actually, it’s an invitation to those who look longingly…

Spring Basket

August 21, 2023 1:20 pm Published by

Take a look at some useful goodies that can help you in your veggie garden this spring. Bright and Vibrant…

Warm and Spicy Galangal

August 21, 2023 10:09 am Published by

Closely related to ginger and turmeric, galangal is the up-and-coming spice you need to know about. If you’ve watched one…

Growing Strawberries

July 25, 2023 12:19 pm Published by

Dale Grobler grows his own strawberries that taste out of this world. Here’s how he does it. Strawberries are one…

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Sprout Your Chia Seeds

July 24, 2023 10:30 am Published by

The traditional way of sprouting doesn’t work well for chia seeds. Here’s an easy alternative way to get them sprouting.…

Tom Kha Gai

July 10, 2023 9:57 am Published by

This spicy, creamy coconut-based soup is a popular Thai dish packed with flavour and easy to make. The words translate…

Growing Oranges

July 5, 2023 1:09 pm Published by

Common name: Orange, sweet orange, bitter orange, Seville orange Botanical name: Citrus sinensis (sweet orange), Citrus aurantium (bitter orange or…

Edible Flowers

Edible Flowers

March 2, 2023 8:18 am Published by

Although we treasure garden flowers as eye candy and not as food, there are many that are edible. They’re also…

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

January 26, 2023 11:04 am Published by

The zestiest of grasses Lemongrass is widely used in Asian cuisine,and it offers more than just lemony flavour. Although, clump-forming…

Detox in a Pot

Detox in a Pot

January 23, 2023 11:11 am Published by

We can thank the plant world for providing a cornucopia of herbs that deliver not only essential vitamins and minerals,…

Lemon Balm

December 13, 2022 4:45 pm Published by

The light lemon fragrance and flavour of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) makes this an appealing summer herb. While its flavour…

Sizzling horseradish

December 13, 2022 2:41 pm Published by

Your mental image of horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is probably that strange jar containing a mysterious white substance that lived at…

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Homemade Hash Browns

November 23, 2022 3:37 pm Published by

A fondness for pre-made hash browns, fried until crispy and served with bacon, poached egg and lemony hollandaise sauce, prompted…

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Groundcover Herbs

November 23, 2022 3:22 pm Published by

Don’t overlook groundcover herbs for plant health and fragrance. Do groundcover herbs have a role to play in the food…

Pawpaw

November 23, 2022 9:49 am Published by

Pawpaw trees, or papaya as they are also known, are ideal for hot, sunny, summer-rainfall gardens. Not only are they…

Edible Hedge Options

November 23, 2022 9:29 am Published by

Hedges can be more than mere barriers. Creating edible hedges can also help to feed and heal you. Hedges are…

Olla Irrigation

November 22, 2022 3:46 pm Published by

Keep your plants hydrated this summer with this 10-minute DIY! We saw this olla irrigation idea on Pinterest and loved…

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Pumpkin Bread

November 22, 2022 3:16 pm Published by

An Irish myth about a stingy person called Jack who ended up as a wandering soul started the craze of…

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Sugar-Snap Peas

October 28, 2022 2:44 pm Published by

Sugar-snap peas are the ultimate garden fast food. There are few things more delicious than sugar-snap peas fresh from the…

Pasta Primavera

October 28, 2022 2:10 pm Published by

Pasta primavera is a celebration of everything that is light and fresh about spring. Pasta primavera is an ‘Italian’ dish…

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The Flavours of the Med

October 28, 2022 11:48 am Published by

Jam-packed with flavour, a Mediterranean garden virtually looks after itself. Mediterranean flavours are ones we all love – tomatoes, herbs…

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Spring Checklist

October 28, 2022 11:08 am Published by

Follow our Spring Checklist and try these tips for your edible spring garden to make the most out of the…

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Seeds or Seedlings

May 13, 2022 4:10 pm Published by

Both have their attractions, but which will work best for you, seeds or seedlings? So you’ve got your garden laid…

radish ideas

Radish Ideas

May 12, 2022 10:55 am Published by

Radishes are one of those fast-growing crops in the garden that can also be sown throughout the year, so with…

hummus recipes

5 Hummus Recipes

April 13, 2022 3:38 pm Published by

While the versatile chickpea is the main traditional ingredient of hummus recipes, we have taken liberties and expanded the thinking…

cherry tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

April 11, 2022 2:50 pm Published by

Sweet and small, but big on flavour. Cherry tomatoes! The name says it all: they’re small and super-sweet, bite-sized like…

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April Herb Harvest

April 7, 2022 5:05 pm Published by

April and May are traditionally the months to harvest and preserve herbs. While many of the bushy perennial herbs will…

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Plant a Soup Garden

April 7, 2022 4:41 pm Published by

Soup is winter’s best treat, and whether you like your soup thick and chunky, consommé or as a tangy Asian…

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The Allure of Lavender

April 7, 2022 3:13 pm Published by

Lavender’s strong fragrance has bewitched and beguiled folk for over 2500 years. According to lore and legend, even Cleopatra of…

Top 10 Plant Friends

March 29, 2022 1:49 pm Published by

Some plants grow well together and some don’t. In the vegetable garden you can get the best out of a…

Buckets of Charm

March 29, 2022 1:21 pm Published by

We made a rustic lattice and hung cute herb buckets for herbs and veggies. What you need to make herb…

runner beans

Runner Beans

March 24, 2022 4:03 pm Published by

Text Madison Moulton For many home cooks, the term ‘green beans’ doesn’t go beyond the steamed pods that accompany a…

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Spinach Alternatives

March 24, 2022 3:47 pm Published by

We’re always told to eat spinach, but what are the other leafy greens that can fill this role in our…

Powdery Mildew

March 18, 2022 3:32 pm Published by

Powdery mildew is easy to identify and is one of the oldest fungal diseases known to man. The infection will…

white borage

A Paler Shade of Borage

March 17, 2022 4:01 pm Published by

Seldom seen, white or snowy borage is a delicately beautiful addition to the herb or ornamental garden. I love having…

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Climb A Slinky

February 18, 2022 3:43 pm Published by

Have some fun in the garden creating this ‘climb a slinky’ and some beans or peas. This is actually too…

growing mangoes

Growing Mangoes

February 17, 2022 3:57 pm Published by

Tropical gardens are incomplete without a mango tree. It’s a pretty tree with large leaves and it rewards with large,…

preserving melon

Preserving Melons

January 25, 2022 5:05 pm Published by

If you’re lucky enough to have enough space to grow spanspek or cantaloupe, or sweet melons, you are bound to…

mushrooms

The Mystery of Mushrooms

January 21, 2022 1:51 pm Published by

Getting to grips with the many faces of the mushroom family. As passionate gardeners, we are occasionally startled and surprised…

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DIY Dog Treats

January 20, 2022 8:07 am Published by

These peanut butter-based DIY dog treats are easy to make and a good source of protein and healthy fats for…

Green Manures

November 7, 2019 10:42 am Published by

Manure is usually something that we think of as smelly, albeit useful for our garden. However, it is sometimes difficult…

Growing Potatoes

November 7, 2019 10:38 am Published by

Potatoes are an easy crop that can be grown all year round. The first crop is planted in August or…

Artemisia dracunculus

November 7, 2019 10:36 am Published by

French Tarragon French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is a frost-hardy perennial with narrow green leaves that have an anise flavour. It…

Lush Swiss Chard

January 24, 2018 1:36 pm Published by

Lush, Leafy Swiss Chard Swiss chard is nature’s gift to food gardeners because it is such an easy, rewarding vegetable…

Step-Up Veggies

January 22, 2018 4:08 pm Published by

Step-Up Veggies Growing vertically is a great way to make the most of limited space. This handy DIY ladder allows…

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Eat your Veggies

January 22, 2018 3:25 pm Published by

How to get kids to eat veggies It’s great to grow your own veggies and enjoy the taste of fresh…

Earthworm Rescue

January 22, 2018 2:38 pm Published by

Earthworms to the Rescue! The best way to convert organic kitchen waste into a power tonic for your plants and…

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Hot and Spicy Oregano

January 22, 2018 2:19 pm Published by

This herb can take the heat There’s no place for mild herbs in Mexico’s hot and spicy food. Herbs have…

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Food Garden Roses

January 22, 2018 1:32 pm Published by

Roses in the food garden We grow roses for their beauty in the garden and for picking. So what are…

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Cape Gooseberry Trifle

January 22, 2018 11:18 am Published by

Cape Gooseberry Trifle Enough for a crowd, this dessert will have them coming back for more. 400g fresh Cape gooseberries…

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Cape Gooseberries

January 22, 2018 11:13 am Published by

Cape Gooseberries The Cape gooseberry (Physalis edulis) is a quick-growing annual or perennial fruit plant that originates in South America.…

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Grow a Mojito

January 22, 2018 10:57 am Published by

Grow a Mojito No herb garden should be without mint to add flavour to food and minty freshness to punches…

Eating Microgreens

January 22, 2018 10:50 am Published by

Eat your Microgreens Packed with flavour and nutrition, these gourmet greens are the perfect solution for urban gardeners. But even…

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Tomato Planter

January 22, 2018 8:31 am Published by

Upside-Down Tomato Planter Home-grown tomatoes always taste better, and to make the most of available space they can even be…

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Taco Party Salad

January 19, 2018 12:20 pm Published by

Take all the ingredients of a taco dinner and turn it into a party salad for a crowd. Let your…

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Hot Season Crop Tips

January 18, 2018 3:41 pm Published by

More Brinjals. Increase the yield of your brinjals by pinching out the growing tip when five or six leaves have…

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Kokedama Balls

January 18, 2018 2:16 pm Published by

Have a ball with Kokedama The space-saving trend of kokedama, the Japanese art of growing plants in moss balls, is…

Food Garden Flowers

January 18, 2018 1:46 pm Published by

Do flowers belong in a food garden? They certainly do, and not only those with edible petals! Many flowers double…

How to Dry Herbs

January 18, 2018 11:29 am Published by

How to dry herbs The most natural process of preserving herbs is to dry them in a cool, airy room,…

Thyme for All Seasons

January 18, 2018 11:20 am Published by

Thyme for All Seasons Although its growing season is in the warmer months, thyme is the perfect choice for the…

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Winter Ways with Rosemary

January 18, 2018 11:14 am Published by

Frost-hardy rosemary is a boon in winter: it makes the perfect protective, edible hedge, infuses a steamy bath with its…

Grow Microgreens

January 18, 2018 10:56 am Published by

A great project for winter is to grow your own microgreens and baby salad leaves. This can be done in…

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Berries in a Basket

January 18, 2018 10:51 am Published by

Strawberries do very well in containers and are perfect for hanging baskets Grow the very best home-planted strawberries using a…

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Strawberry Fields

January 18, 2018 10:39 am Published by

Strawberry Fields To enjoy sweet strawberries in spring and early summer you should be preparing and planting now The best…

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How to Prune Plums

January 18, 2018 10:22 am Published by

How to prune plums Pruning is the most important winter task for your plum trees. Here’s how to do it…

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Plant a Plum Tree

January 18, 2018 10:12 am Published by

Plant a Plum Tree this Winter Success with plums is as easy as following these steps There is no juicier…

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Beetroot and Nut Brownies

January 18, 2018 9:47 am Published by

Beetroot and Nut Brownies Easy to make, this unusual combination is absolutely delicious! 500g cooked beetroot 200g walnuts or pecan…

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Chilli Kale Stir Fry

January 18, 2018 9:22 am Published by

Chilli Kale Stir Fry Make kale the hero of your veggie side dishes with this easy and healthy stir-fry. 1…

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Hearty Kale

January 18, 2018 9:17 am Published by

A potent superfood that’s now touted by celebrity chefs, kale is one of the few veggies that regularly crop through…

Growing Parsnips

January 18, 2018 9:01 am Published by

Parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) aren’t a vegetable that springs to mind, being more common in the colder countries than in South…

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Radish Tzatziki

January 18, 2018 8:52 am Published by

Radish Tzatziki 1 medium-sized bunch of radishes 1-2 cloves of garlic Lemon juice 250ml Greek yoghurt (full or low fat)…

Radiant Radishes

January 18, 2018 8:49 am Published by

The radish belongs to the Brassicaceae family. While we are all familiar with the red radish, other cultivars come in…

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Leek and Potato Bake

January 18, 2018 8:40 am Published by

Leek and Potato Bake The classic combination of leek and potato works well in this dish, but we added some…

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Lusty Leeks

January 18, 2018 8:32 am Published by

Lusty Leeks Essential flavourings for cold season soups and stews, garlic, leeks, chives and onions are the kitchen garden’s storm…

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Healthy Broad Beans

January 18, 2018 8:13 am Published by

Healthy Broad Beans Most seasoned veggie growers agree that broad beans are one of the easiest of the winter crops…

Cauliflower-based pizza

January 17, 2018 3:43 pm Published by

Cauliflower-based pizza A surprisingly tasty pizza base made from cauliflower is a perfect alternative to flour based pizza, especially if…

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Peanut Tips

January 17, 2018 11:35 am Published by

Tips on Growing Peanuts ● Keep the peanuts in their shells until ready to plant, to keep them fresh and…

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Rhubarb Fool

January 17, 2018 11:12 am Published by

Rhubarb Fool This easy recipe makes a refreshing dessert. Ingredients: 600g rhubarb 170g brown sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cloves Juice…

Robust Rhubarb

January 17, 2018 11:08 am Published by

It’s known as a vegetable, produces stalks that are considered a fruit, and it has been known for centuries as…

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Fish Pie

January 17, 2018 10:53 am Published by

Fish Pie With tarragon going so well with fish, potatoes and creamy filling, it should be standard in a simple…

Herbal Eye Candy

January 17, 2018 10:38 am Published by

Although herbs are mostly grown for practical reasons such as for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses, there are herbal plants…

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Pink Lemonade Cordial

January 17, 2018 9:57 am Published by

Homemade Pink Lemonade Cordial Recipe by Erica Brown of Sōlfood. 1 litre freshly squeezed lemon juice 850g sugar 2-3 thinly…

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A Perfect Match

January 17, 2018 8:31 am Published by

Roses and vegetables are an obvious pairing for so many reasons. Roses and vegetables have a history of being grown…

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Grey Water

January 17, 2018 8:20 am Published by

Grey Water Growing veggies with grey water Grey water is waste water collected from the shower, bath, hand basin and…

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Artichoke

January 15, 2018 2:52 pm Published by

The Gourmet Herb Artichoke As a vegetable, globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant,…

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Superb Celery

January 15, 2018 2:27 pm Published by

Before 2019 celery was an elusive vegetable that appeared in the occasional salad or disguised in a chef’s mirepoix. But…

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Stuffed Pumpkins Flowers

January 15, 2018 2:19 pm Published by

Rice and veggie stuffed pumpkin flowers 10 freshly picked pumpkin flowers (Use the male flowers with the long stems, and…

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Prized Pumpkins

January 15, 2018 2:13 pm Published by

Prized Pumpkins Pumpkins are the big daddy of vegetables, and they certainly like to ramble. Although not ideal for small…

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Super Smoothies

January 15, 2018 1:35 pm Published by

Super Smoothies Smoothies are a great way to use your home-grown fruit and veggies, and to get your daily requirement…

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Sweet Pineapples

January 15, 2018 1:18 pm Published by

Sweet Pineapples Common name: Pineapple Botanical name: Ananas comosus Origin: Tropical Mesoamerica Suitable climates Pineapples are one of the most…

Basil Varieties

January 15, 2018 12:52 pm Published by

Sweet basil is the basil that everyone knows, with large, soft green leaves and sprays of white flowers. It grows…

Sweet Peppers

January 15, 2018 12:04 pm Published by

Capsicum annuum is the best-known domesticated species of pepper in the world and contains a huge number of varieties including…

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Spinach by Any Other Name

January 15, 2018 11:43 am Published by

Spinach by any other name Most of us use the terms ‘spinach’ and ‘Swiss chard’ interchangeably when referring to our…

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Papoutsakia

January 15, 2018 11:30 am Published by

Papoutsakia – ‘little brinjal shoes’ This traditional Greek recipe uses brinjals or eggplants as the stars of the show. Papoutsakia…

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Bravo For Brinjals

January 15, 2018 11:22 am Published by

Bravo For Brinjals The eggplant, aubergine, or brinjal is something of an acquired taste. If you like that slight bitterness,…

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Mashed Potato Puffs

January 15, 2018 10:34 am Published by

Mashed Potato Puffs 3 large potatoes (540g), mashed with skin (2 cups) 3 large eggs, beaten 180g reduced-fat feta cheese,…

Potato Tower

January 15, 2018 10:18 am Published by

Potato Tower A simple way to grow potatoes in limited space. What you will need: 25mm x 25mm fencing wire…

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Korean Kimchi

January 15, 2018 9:51 am Published by

Korean Kimchi Kimchi, South Korea’s national dish, was developed in the days before refrigeration, to best make use of seasonal…

Summer Heat with Chillies

November 27, 2017 12:50 pm Published by

This summer up the heat in the garden and the kitchen with a selection of chillies and peppers. Christopher Columbus…