The best time to start a food garden is when you are ready to do it. That could be now, which is ideal because it is the start of the growing season.
August is the time to get out those seed packets and hone your sowing, spacing and thinning out skills.
The ideal site for a food garden is one that is level, gets at least six hours of sun, has good soil and is sheltered from wind, frost and even pets.
Hailing from the Americas, originally thought to be poisonous and saddled with the unwieldy botanical name Lycopersicon esculentum, the tomato is now used worldwide and is an almost indispensable part of meal preparation in many South African homes.
Although it may not yet feel like it, autumn is on its way and root vegetables, including carrots, beetroot, onions, turnips and radishes, prefer the cooler growing conditions.
Peas are essentially a cool season vegetable and one of the first that can be planted in spring.
Onions need full sun and will grow in most types of soil. Seed can be sown in trays or in-situ, although trays may be easier to manage. The young seedlings transplant well.
Many food gardeners have mixed feelings about the December holiday season.
Here’s a way to have at least one homegrown salad ingredient available all year round.