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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:…

Lemon Pattypan Bread

October 25, 2023 12:28 pm Published by

Pattypans are not one of the first vegetables you think of including in a dessert. They are mostly used in…

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.…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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Grow Your Own Smoothies

February 24, 2021 10:32 am Published by

Check out the sowing guide for February and you’ll notice that it is mainly greens. There is a saying that…

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Get Pumped About Pumpkins

February 1, 2021 10:29 pm Published by

Pumpkins must place on the list of South Africa’s favourite holiday vegetables, whether mashed, in pampoenkoekies or in a classic…

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Double Agent Veggies

January 29, 2021 9:21 am Published by

Appearances can be deceptive, even in the veggie garden. Did you know there are double agent veggies? They can go…

Growing Tomatoes

November 13, 2019 7:07 pm Published by

Can you imagine life without tomatoes? It’s hard – they’re such a basic ingredient of so many of our favourite…

Growing Baby Marrows

November 7, 2019 11:14 am Published by

Baby marrows, also known as courgettes or zucchinis, are the most rewarding plants for the home vegetable gardener to grow.…

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…

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Sweet Potatoes

October 25, 2018 11:01 am Published by

Sweet potatoes are not a run-of-the- mill veggie where you just buy a packet of seeds, sow them and watch…

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Don't Slow Down Now!

April 10, 2018 2:51 pm Published by

Don’t Slow Down Now! TEXT Alice Spenser-Higgs Autumn is a good time to grow vegetables in containers. The milder days…

Baby Cabbages

February 5, 2018 10:23 am Published by

Like all things miniature, baby cabbages have an appeal all of their own. They don’t take up as much growing…

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Ooh, Melons!

February 5, 2018 8:57 am Published by

Ooh, Melons! Known as cantaloupe in much of the world, here the sweet melon is generally referred to as spanspek…

Brussel Sprouts

January 30, 2018 8:22 am Published by

Get rid of those pouts, grow brussel sprouts! A sprout from Brussels…? BRASSICA oleracea variety gemmifera, the vegetable we know…

Watercress Wonders

January 26, 2018 9:31 am Published by

The wonders of watercress. Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a creeping perennial that is one of the oldest leafy vegetables to…

Pattypans

January 26, 2018 8:59 am Published by

Pattypan squash (Cucurbita pepo) Pattypans look like little yellow, green or stripy spaceships and, like baby marrows, these bushy squashes…

Kohlrabi

January 25, 2018 1:40 pm Published by

Bulletproof! That’s how gardeners who grow kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. coulorapa) describe this versatile, under-rated vegetable. Along with radishes, it…

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Flavourful Fennel

January 25, 2018 1:06 pm Published by

Flavourful Fennel Spicy and sweet, fennel is a cook’s dream and a delight for gardeners who love its striking foliage…

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…

Brassica Troubleshooting Guide

January 23, 2018 2:35 pm Published by

As families go, the brassicas are demanding and temperamental, especially if they’re expected to perform outside their comfort zone (which…

Growing Carrots

January 23, 2018 1:37 pm Published by

Carrots are delicious eaten raw or cooked, and studies suggest that eating one a day might beat taking vitamin supplements.…

Cabbage Patch

January 23, 2018 12:35 pm Published by

Cabbage is one of our best winter crops, because it likes growing in cool, moist conditions. It is less troubled…

Noodles with bok choy

January 23, 2018 10:26 am Published by

These noodles are a delicious blend of seafood, chicken, mushrooms, vegetables and Asian flavourings. This dish a hearty, healthy meal,…

Fresh Asian Flavour

January 23, 2018 10:22 am Published by

Heading into winter, the fresh flavour of Oriental vegetables balances the richness of winter food, and they are also good…

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French Onion Soup

January 23, 2018 9:59 am Published by

French Onion Soup This classic French soup is easy to make and will satisfy hungry tummies. For the soup 500g…

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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…

Everyone Loves Butternut

January 19, 2018 11:13 am Published by

It’s worth allocating some space and time to this melt-in-the-mouth veggie. Although butternuts, like pumpkins, take up more space than…

Generous Green Beans

January 19, 2018 10:45 am Published by

Fresh green beans are so versatile and delicious when properly prepared – a must have summer crop. Get cracking and…

Sweetest Sweetcorn

January 19, 2018 10:32 am Published by

It’s at its sweetest fresh off the cob before the sugars start converting, so it’s always best to grow your…

Devilishly Wicked Chillies

January 19, 2018 10:01 am Published by

If you’re addicted to chillies, here’s how to grow them successfully from seed – there’s a world of unusual varieties…

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…

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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…

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…

Growing Leeks

January 18, 2018 8:32 am Published by

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

Growing Cauliflower

Cauliflower is King!

January 17, 2018 3:37 pm Published by

With plant-based diets now a popular choice for many people, the humble cauliflower has become an exciting addition to mealtimes.…

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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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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…

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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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,…

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…

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Potted Tomatoes

September 4, 2015 6:40 am Published by

One of the joys of growing tomatoes in pots is that they do so well, and if the pots can…

Peppers

September 2, 2015 8:29 am Published by

Early December presents the last chance in the season to plant both the hot and the sweet capsicums, so whether…

Savour Your Roots

July 23, 2015 11:30 am Published by

Although it may not yet feel like it, autumn is on its way and root vegetables, including carrots, beetroot, onions,…