Plants need nutrients, and the easiest way to feed them is with compost The importance of composting Any successful home food gardener knows how important it is to feed the soil regularly with goodquality compost for the best crops. This is particularly so in South Africa as our soils are generally poor. The benefits of […]
Make the Most of Winter Each season we take a look at what’s happening in the Soil for Life garden. Soil for Life is an NPO in Cape Town that educates people all over the city how to grow their own at home. The rich bounty of their demonstration garden proves their eco-friendly, easy-to-apply methods […]
Cool Season Crop Tips BUY BRASSICAS In frost-prone areas, April is your last chance to plant cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli. The seedlings will grow slowly, but they are frost-hardy and will be well established for early spring cropping. GROW GARLIC Autumn is the ideal time to plant garlic cloves in rich, welldraining soil in a […]
Gardening most fowl As people seek a more sustainable lifestyle, it has become popular to keep chickens at home, not only for their daily supply of fresh eggs but also to keep as pets. Chickens make great companions and quickly become part of the family. Another reason to keep chickens is their vital contribution to […]
Start planning your winter food garden now, before summer becomes autumn, as dictated by the March solstice.
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 […]
Gardeners are often uncertain about the difference between compost and mulch. Compost is what remains once plant and vegetable matter has decomposed; and it is used mostly in the preparation of garden beds to improve the structure of the soil.