DIY Food Gardening

Wooden Herb Stripper

November 1, 2023 12:29 pm Published by

If you love cooking but the tedious task of stripping the leaves off your home-grown herbs is a frustration, this…

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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…


Growing Kumquats

May 12, 2023 3:52 pm Published by

If you know nothing about kumquats you might think that they’re just stunted or dwarf oranges. You might have seen…

The Luxury of Vanilla

The Luxury of Vanilla

January 26, 2023 10:55 am Published by

The most exotic of spices Life isn’t fair, is it? Vanilla adds such a luxurious flavour to baked goods, ice-cream,…

Summer Squashes

Summer Squashes

January 26, 2023 10:48 am Published by

Squeeze these squashes into your garden this summer. Squashes might not be the first thing you think about when you…



January 26, 2023 10:37 am Published by

Chillies can be polarising: there are people who sweat at the thought of a hot sauce, and other’s who feel…

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

January 23, 2023 1:53 pm Published by

If you love potatoes and artichokes, you simply have to give Jerusalem artichokes a try! You’d think that the name…

Turkish Orange Brinjal

Turkish Orange Brinjal

January 23, 2023 1:02 pm Published by

Orange is the new black Even more beautiful than the brinjal you’re used to, the Turkish orange brinjal is a…

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,…

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Companion Planting Combos

November 25, 2022 10:26 am Published by

Companion planting is one of the best ways to control pests and attract pollinators. But it also brings beauty, colour,…

groundcover herbs

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…


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…

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…

Gardens For Growth

November 22, 2022 10:05 am Published by

Aquacraft has partnered with the Siyakhana Growth and Development Project. The initiative is called ‘Garden for Growth’ and its purpose…

sugar snap peas

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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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…

Slug Partol

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…

seeds and seedlings

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…

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…

plant a soup garden

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…

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…

spinach alternatives

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…

climb slinky

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,…


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…

raised veggie beds

Raised Beds for Veggies

August 3, 2021 8:43 pm Published by

Boxing clever in the veggie garden Want to make your veggie garden more productive? Raised beds provide better drainage (which…

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Veggie Garden Design

July 12, 2021 12:11 pm Published by

Growing vegetables has become a serious undertaking in the era of Covid-19. While vegetable gardens need to be practical and…

vertical gardening

Vertical Vegetable Gardening

July 7, 2021 11:12 am Published by

Saving space is not the only reason for vertical vegetable gardening. Veggies twining up obelisks, tumbling over archways, vining up…

water chestnuts

Water Chestnuts

May 13, 2021 9:30 pm Published by

Here’s something so exotic, but so easy to grow It’s fun to grow new things, so with this in mind…

Grow your own mushrooms

March 31, 2021 4:35 pm Published by

Oyster mushrooms are one of the quickest and easiest mushrooms to grow yourself. They are a great addition to your…


Planting Strawberries

March 23, 2021 9:51 pm Published by

Strawberry pots are designed specifically for strawberries and can be stacked to make the most of limited space. They also…


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…


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…

Get composting!

December 1, 2020 2:41 pm Published by

New products from Mon Exteriors have made composting easier than ever before! Whenever you speak to someone with an incredible…


Cool Cucumber

November 9, 2020 10:11 pm Published by

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) are one of the few vegetables that can still be sown in December in most areas –…


Rewarding Zucchini

November 9, 2020 9:21 pm Published by

The zucchini, also known as baby marrow or courgette, is the most rewarding plant for the home veggie gardener to…


It’s All About Alliums

November 9, 2020 1:39 pm Published by

When you come across pungent, sinus clearing vegetables, they’re probably Alliums and hail from the Allium genus. That description doesn’t…


Spice Up Your Popcorn!

November 5, 2020 9:25 pm Published by

How to grow your own chemical-free popcorn crop. While gently shovelling mounds of popcorn into your mouth during a thrilling…

tamarillo tomatoes

Tomatoes Grow On Trees?

November 5, 2020 8:36 pm Published by

The trusty tomato is a household staple and doesn’t necessarily scream ‘exotic’. However, there is one tomato that stands out…


Grow Your Own Health

November 3, 2020 10:28 pm Published by

Herbs to Plant in Spring The mantra of organic gardeners is that ‘healthy soil makes healthy vegetables makes healthy people’.…

Sowing Fine Seed

October 2, 2020 1:19 pm Published by

Fine seed like that of carrots and lettuce, as well as small seed like that of broccoli, Chinese cabbage, cabbage,…

Sweet Summer Rewards

August 31, 2020 11:12 am Published by

Growing your own Organic Peaches, Apricots and Nectarines There’s no better reward for your effort than picking sweet, juicy, fresh,…

Anyone can grow food

August 31, 2020 10:56 am Published by

As we always say when starting a vegetable garden, start small and grow the things you will eat. This Elho…

Growing Microgreens

December 3, 2019 12:47 pm Published by

The juicy, tender shoots of vegetable and herb mini seedlings are all the rage. They taste great and are perfect…

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 Onions

November 7, 2019 10:58 am Published by

Onions need full sun and will grow in most types of soil. Seed can be sown in trays or in-situ,…

Green Manure

November 7, 2019 10:42 am Published by

Manure is usually something that we think of as smelly, albeit useful for our garden, but difficult to obtain from…

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…

Growing organic vegetables

November 7, 2019 9:30 am Published by

Why grow Organic? Like generations before us, we are again discovering the joys and benefits of growing healthy, homegrown vegetables.…



September 10, 2019 1:34 pm Published by

The little fruit of many names – mouse melon, Mexican mini watermelon, Mexican sour cucumber, Mexican sour gherkin, pepquino or…


DIY Bug Hotel

September 10, 2019 12:33 pm Published by

Give those good bugs a place to call home in your garden. These bug hotels attract good insects and pollinators…

Herbs to Grow

July 2, 2019 8:10 am Published by

Rosemary is a woody evergreen shrub that grows up to 2m high, with aromatic, needle-like foliage. It produces blue or…


Red Curry Paste

May 20, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Herbs are the major ingredient in Thai curry paste, which forms the base of vegetarian curries as well as chicken,…


File Your Seeds!

March 11, 2019 8:00 am Published by

We love this idea, of making your own seed strips and storing them in a file. Seed tapes or seed…


5 tips for potted fruit

March 11, 2019 8:00 am Published by

By growing your fruit trees in pots, you can add another dimension to your edible garden. Fruit trees like lemons,…


Late Summer Planting

February 7, 2019 1:42 pm Published by

Urban Gardening, Late Summer Planting The end of a summer is a bitter sweet time. But as the temperature starts…


January 21, 2019 8:00 am Published by

Rosemary imparts a delicious flavour and aroma to food. It is a healing herb for the body and soul, a…

Summer Season Checklist

December 10, 2018 11:42 am Published by

Check out these super tips for the food garden this season. 1. Super berries They say that the blueberry (Vaccinium…


December 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by

Also known as Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica is believed to have originated in India. The name ‘turmeric’ is thought to…

Marvellous Mint

December 3, 2018 9:35 am Published by

Mint is often seen as the delinquent in the food garden, overgrowing other plants, slurping up their food and water,…


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…

Windowsill Farming

October 1, 2018 11:59 am Published by

Have the freshest leaves at your fingertips by growing them on your kitchen windowsills. If you think you need a…

Oranges and Lemons

May 18, 2018 1:32 pm Published by

Oranges & lemons – A must have in any organic garden Citrus must be the juiciest, fresh and health giving…


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…

Earthworm Value

March 16, 2018 1:03 pm Published by

The value of earthworms Charles Darwin, one of the world’s greatest naturalists, spent many years studying earthworms. He concluded that…


March 14, 2018 6:09 pm Published by

One of the highlights of summer is homegrown watermelon Watermelons are easy to grow but require space; because each plant…

Contained Flavour

February 16, 2018 10:12 am Published by

There is no need to ever be without herbs. For a year-round supply, grow them in pots. Herbs grow so well…

Colourful Herbs

February 5, 2018 2:43 pm Published by

Try something different in your next herb pot by using a variety of flowering herbs and variegated leaves. Utilise taller…


February 5, 2018 10:36 am Published by

Sage Winter is generally a difficult time for growing herbs, but one herb that is certainly worth nursing through this…


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…



January 30, 2018 8:50 am Published by

Pomegranate Cut a pomegranate fruit in half and the beauty that is revealed inspires artists to paint it, draw it,…


Perfect Peaches

January 29, 2018 2:22 pm Published by

Perfect Peaches Imagine the taste of a juicy peach, picked straight off the tree that you have nurtured through the…

Kiwi Fruit

January 29, 2018 12:35 pm Published by

Common name: Kiwi fruit, also called Chinese gooseberryBotanical name: Actinidia deliciosaOrigin: China History At least 300 years ago the Chinese…


Noble Bay

January 29, 2018 11:53 am Published by

Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long association…


Dilly for Dill

January 29, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is an…


Wonders of Lovage

January 26, 2018 2:58 pm Published by

The Wonders of Lovage Use lovage to revitalise your meatless Mondays! The strong, meaty taste of its leaves is a delicious…

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…


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…


Growing Garlic

January 25, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Planting garlic The bulbs should be planted in autumn (March or April) about 10cm deep, pointed end up, and covered…


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…

Cool Cucumbers

January 25, 2018 12:40 pm Published by

What’s to like? ● Cucumbers are a quick crop. Sow now and pick your first cucumber by end of Jan●…


Go Goji

January 24, 2018 9:30 am Published by

Growing your own berries has become a trend over the last couple of years for many reasons: berries are expensive…


Making Apple Cider

January 24, 2018 9:17 am Published by

Making Your Own Apple Cider An apple a day, the doctor’s way… When it comes to apple season there’s always…


A+ Apples

January 24, 2018 8:31 am Published by

A+ Apples There is archaeological evidence that apples (Malus domestica) have been eaten since as far back as 6500 BC,…


Hot Pot Herbs

January 23, 2018 2:55 pm Published by

Herbs for a hot pot Herbs grow so well in pots that there is almost no excuse for not growing…

Problems with my Brassicas

January 23, 2018 2:35 pm Published by

What’s wrong with my Brassicas? As families go, the brassicas are demanding and temperamental, especially if they’re expected to perform…

Pods of Peas

January 23, 2018 1:49 pm Published by

Pods of Peas Frozen peas can never match the sweetness and tenderness of homegrown garden peas, especially when they’re eaten…


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.…

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…

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…


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…


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…

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…


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…

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…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…

Sweet Parsnips

January 18, 2018 9:01 am Published by

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


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…


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…


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…

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…

Herbal Eye Candy

January 17, 2018 10:38 am Published by

Herbal Eye Candy Although herbs are mostly grown for practical reasons such as for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses, there…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…


Ocimum Basilicum

January 8, 2018 12:56 pm Published by

Sweet Basil Ocimum basilicum Sweet basil has a unique taste that is closely related to its spicy sweet fragrance. Of…


Lavandula angustifolia

January 8, 2018 9:12 am Published by

English lavender No cottage garden can be complete without copious amounts of Lavender sprawling about the place. The aromatic grey…

Veggie Planter

November 27, 2017 10:56 am Published by

A Nifty Veggie Planter Having your herbs or veggies at raised level makes it a pleasure to cultivate them –…

Raise a Kitchen Garden

November 6, 2017 12:45 pm Published by

Raise a Kitchen Garden: The initial effort required to build a raised garden is handsomely rewarded once it is up…

Sowing Guide for December

November 2, 2017 7:05 am Published by

Leaf vegetables: spinach, rocket Root vegetables: beetroot (cooler areas) Legumes: bush and runner beans Brassicas: broccoli (first sowing for cooler…

How to Grow Cucumbers

June 2, 2017 10:31 am Published by

In the spirit of World Cucumber Day on June 14,  Tanya shows us how to grow these versatile vegetables successfully.…

March Vegetable Sowing Guide

March 1, 2017 10:15 am Published by

March Vegetable Sowing Guide Summer rainfall temperate: Broccoli, Broad beans, Cabbage, Chinese cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Beetroot, Lettuce, Leeks, Garden…

Stumpery Pot recipe

February 20, 2017 12:29 pm Published by

Don’t have the space for a stumpery? Try this mini version in a pot! What you need Container of your…

Sowing Vegetables

January 15, 2016 7:16 am Published by

August is the time to get out those seed packets and hone your sowing, spacing and thinning out skills. Since…

Punica Granatum

September 4, 2015 8:37 am Published by

Pomegranate tree There was a time when pomegranate trees or shrubs were quite common in gardens. Then they became old…


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…


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,…

Cuminum Cyminum

April 20, 2015 8:51 am Published by

Cumin Cuminum cyminum by Margaret Roberts Cumin is a true exotic, a flavour-filled treasure! It has played a vital role…

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