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Dealing with fig pests and diseases

SA’s fig-growing industry, although relatively small, produces a significant harvest for export. Here are useful tips to treat diseases and pests on this plant.
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Milkweed bug: a seed-eating nuisance

This is a medium-sized (1,5cm long) red and black insect with long antennae. The eyes are large and bulging.
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About pyrethrum

This is a handy biodegradable organic insecticide you can make yourself, says Paul Donovan.
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Beetroot for beginners (Part 3)

Vegetable expert Bill Kerr explains how to deal with pests and diseases, and discusses two popular beetroot cultivars.
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Signs of plant toxicity

In South Africa, there are many toxic plants that can be fatal to livestock, or make them extremely ill.
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Beetroot for beginners – Part 2

Vegetable expert Bill Kerr takes us through the steps of planting a beetroot crop.
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When the veld turns toxic

Toxic plants can cause disease and death in livestock, and must be vigorously controlled.
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Beetroot for beginners (1)

This crop is ideal for small-scale farmers, says veggie expert Bill Kerr.
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Getting your crop into the ground

A brief guide to sowing seed and planting seedlings in the correct way.
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Crop rotation basics explained

It is not good practice to plant the same crop on the same land year after year. Don’t plant any crop on a land more often than once every three years.
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