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Growing Swiss chard

How to grow Swiss chard at home

Swiss chard can either be sown directly or transplanted. Both methods have their pros and cons.
Getting ready to plant cucurbits

Getting ready to plant cucurbits

Before planting a land to any of the cucurbits, you should kill off all broad-leaved weeds nearby, preferably well beforehand.
Lettuce in hydroponic floating raft

Adaptation key to vegetable farmer’s sustainable growth

Viking Farming near East London in the Eastern Cape is a small but intensive vegetable operation that supplies supermarkets and processors across the Eastern Cape and even the Western Cape....
No-till: increasing soil organic content

No-till: increasing soil organic content

With no-till farming, you need to try to gradually increase the organic content of the soil.
Necrotic spots developed on this Swiss chard

Beware of that foliar feed mixture!

Company representatives often bombard farmers with products claimed to increase yield at little cost.
Organic soil matter

The benefits of organic matter

When the soil contains sufficient organic material, farming becomes far easier and less risky. In contrast, in a chemically based system, the interaction between the minerals becomes critical and complex,...
Mulch for no-till vegetables

Growing a variety of soil microbes

Most farmers are aware that a healthy population of soil organisms is a good thing. What many don’t understand is that the number of soil organisms is directly related to...
Hi-tech onion business delivering 200t a day!

Hi-tech onion business delivering 200t a day!

Willem, Jaco and Kolver Mulke produce onions on a large scale near Douglas on the border between the Free State and the Northern Cape. Sabrina Dean visited their high-tech operation...
baby carrots

A guide to growing baby carrots

There’s always a market for baby vegetables, and carrots are no exception. In the past, top-shaped baby carrots were the most popular in the frozen range.
Carrots: get your numbers right!

Carrots: get your numbers right!

Hot weather is unfavourable for carrot germination. Depending on the soil’s condition and structure, it also promotes the growth of soil fungus diseases, especially when heavy rain falls, as is...
Preparing to plant carrots: seeds and soil

Preparing to plant carrots: seeds and soil

Carrots have a very deep root system and a mass of fine feeder roots.
Dealing with pumpkin flies

Dealing with pumpkin flies

Pumpkin flies, which are slightly larger than houseflies, are similar to the fruit flies so well-known to fruit farmers.

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