San or Saint…Pedro?


Huachuma - San Pedro, is known for and has a history of medicinal and shamanic use - huachumeros a male shaman or Huachureras a female shaman. (try to pronounce huachureras correctly and really quickly 10 times in a row!) The plant is native to the Andes mountains especially around the regions of Ecuador, Peru and … Continue reading San or Saint…Pedro?

baby green figs

Post-Xmas Baby Green Fig


I managed to harvest two ice-cream tubs worth of baby green figs a couple days ago and would like to harvest the rest, before the birds get them! Here goes another recipe for baby green fig preserve.  I love the taste as it remind me of christmas, and the fig preserve goes well almost anything, … Continue reading Post-Xmas Baby Green Fig

BFF Gardening


So according to some intelligent people and the internet (surely if it is on the internet it must be true), Companion plants can assist in the growth of other plants by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. Best of all, they can be part of a biological pest control program. They had me … Continue reading BFF Gardening

Girly Macgyver


I know first hand that starting from scratch will some days leave you feeling absolutely beaten. If its not one bug it is another, to much rain, drought, the moment you want to mow the lawn.."click click".. it has stopped working. Not only that, the dog has chewed the hose nossle,  and the donkeys have pushed over the … Continue reading Girly Macgyver

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

My Blind Nemesis..


CAPE MOLE RAT / CAPE GOLDEN MOLE This little critter will be the beginning of the end of my sanity! Now, I am not entirely sure if we are being pestered with the Cape Golden Mole or the Cape Mole Rat, as it has been unwilling to meet face to face, even when the boerboel tried to … Continue reading My Blind Nemesis..