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…

Magical Melons

August 21, 2023 11:14 am Published by

Whether you call them spanspek, cantaloupe or simply sweet melons, it’s hard to deny the magic of these delicious fruits.…

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…

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…


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…

5 Fruits for Containers

February 28, 2023 8:49 pm Published by

Growing fruit doesn’t need a huge garden. Here are five fruits that you can grow in containers! If you have…

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,…

Luscious Litchis

Luscious Litchis

January 23, 2023 3:08 pm Published by

South African summers are incomplete without litchis. Whether sitting on the patio or by the pool, we all have fond…

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Preserving Lemons

November 25, 2022 10:38 am Published by

Lemons are very useful in the kitchen, and not only for baking. Throw the bits left over after cooking in…


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…

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

October 31, 2022 10:57 am Published by

Rhubarb and strawberries make a wonderful combination for a sweet, zesty and delicious crumble. Ingredients for Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble…

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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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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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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,…


Pickling cucumbers

January 18, 2022 4:16 pm Published by

Pickling cucumbers is a quick and easy way to store mini cucumbers, or cukes, for a longer time than the…


Tomato Update

September 14, 2021 11:33 am Published by

Remember when ‘Heinz 1370’, ‘Floradade’ and ‘Rodade’ were about the only tomatoes you could grow from seed? When heirloom tomatoes…

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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…


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…

Fruit Tree Espalier

January 12, 2021 9:35 am Published by

Many of us do not have the space for growing fruit trees in the conventional manner. Training fruit trees into…

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Herbs For Summer Fruits

November 24, 2020 9:46 pm Published by

What is the taste of summer? Cool watermelon, juicy and refreshing; pineapple, sweet and tart; slivers of golden mangoes and…

Growing Berries

November 13, 2020 4:06 pm Published by

Read in Afrikaans Take vegetable gardening to a new level by growing berries, which add variety and colour to the…

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 –…

Tamarillo – Tree Tomato

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…

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,…


April 2, 2020 1:08 pm Published by

The unsuspecting fruit taking the top spot for the world’s most popular is the banana. Well, actually it’s the tomato…

Growing Watermelon

December 10, 2019 12:47 pm Published by

Summer is all about watermelons – biting into the cool flesh and having the juice run down your chin and…

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…

Brambles Untangled

October 4, 2019 2:19 pm Published by

The term ‘brambles’ refers to blackberries or raspberries, which have edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus…



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…


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,…

Heirloom Tomatoes

December 12, 2018 12:03 am Published by

Heirloom tomatoes offer colour, flavour and endless variety, and more and more wonderful varieties are becoming available locally.  Heirloom fruits…

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…


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…


Cherry on Top

February 5, 2018 9:25 am Published by

Cherry on Top Whence these delicious treats? PRUNUS avium, the main ancestor of the sweet cherries that are grown commercially…


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…


Tangerine Dreams

January 24, 2018 12:19 pm Published by

Tangerine Dreams Tangerines, manderins or naartjies. What you call them makes no real difference to the great value that these…


Lemon Pests

January 24, 2018 10:01 am Published by

Lemon trees attract a wide variety of lemon pests and diseases, many of which can quickly spread across the tree…


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,…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Citrus limon

December 15, 2017 12:35 pm Published by

Citrus Limon is the botanical name for the ‘Eureka’ lemon, the ever popular smooth-skinned lemon that is used extensively in…

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…

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Lemon Delights

August 17, 2015 8:35 am Published by

Lemon Eureka, Lemon Meyer and Rough Skin Lemon Gardeners the world over prize the beautiful lemon tree for its lush…

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