The Pelargonium Brief


What I notice most about these flowers, are how hardy they are. They have surprised me by growing almost wherever I have planted them. What surprised me even more, was that I thought they were Geraniums! and that most of these species are indigenous to South Africa. They are found mainly along the east and west coasts … Continue reading The Pelargonium Brief

The Herb that heals


Comfrey has been known for centuries to alleviate aches and pains and is still used today to treat cuts and grazes. Best of all, it grows and grows and grows. Ofcourse this one fact had me sold, so best to investigate my new favorite greenery. As I mentioned this plant is a fast grower. Should … Continue reading The Herb that heals

Worm your way out of a hairy situation


From cutworms to caterpillars of a creepy and even hairy variety,  for a good couple of weeks our veggie garden, the spinach in particular, has been a buffet, relentlessly ravished and feasted on. The donkeys most certainly do not seem to mind as they are all regularly presented with spinach bouquets!, but I on the other hand do. And so it … Continue reading Worm your way out of a hairy situation

Biodigester – Your Own Natural Gas At Home


If you’re living off the grid or simply want to make your own natural gas at home, it’s really not as complicated as it might first appear to be. Especially if you keep things simple. This video from solar cities shows you how to make a simple biodigester using an IBC. The whole idea here … Continue reading Biodigester – Your Own Natural Gas At Home

Beginners Guide to Worm Farming


Owning a worm farm is very rewarding; it will turn your kitchen scraps into a high-value, natural fertiliser. Being eco-friendly it reduces greenhouse gasses too. Once you start feeding your garden with worm castings it will flourish like never before; your vegetables will be bigger and tastier, your flowers healthier and it will all be … Continue reading Beginners Guide to Worm Farming

Hugelkultur Gardening


Pronounced hoo-gul-culture, the name of this practice means ‘hill culture’ or ‘hill mound.’ This practice makes use of dead branches, leaves and grass clippings by recycling them. To build a hugel bed, you must mound the yard waste, along with any compose, manure or other biomass you’ve got. Then, top the compound with soil and … Continue reading Hugelkultur Gardening

Composting