Put the taste of summer into a bottle Brinjals and chillies can be preserved in delicious relishes that will remind you of summer in the cooler months Fruit production of brinjals and peppers slows down rapidly in February and March as temperatures reach their peak, but you can pickle the last of your crops to […]
Grow Microgreens A great project for winter is to grow your own microgreens and baby salad leaves. This can be done in seed trays indoors, and even in a sunny room on a heating pad if necessary. The trays can also be put outside for sun during the day and then brought inside at night. […]
Companion Planting for Pest Control: Companion planting has a long tradition in organic gardening practice. The principle behind companion planting is that certain plants either enhance each other’s growth or help control pests when planted close together. There are also plants that enrich the soil. In addition, companion planting increases bio-diversity in our gardens, by […]
Winter sowing is coming to an end, except in sub-tropical areas where the season is only really starting! Time to get ready for winter and the challenges that it brings Good to know Combining green manure crops with compost (at planting time) builds long-term organic matter and should supply all the necessary nutrients for the […]
Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.
Start planning your winter food garden now, before summer becomes autumn, as dictated by the March solstice.