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A notched stick used to push the sweet potato plant runners into the ridges.

A beginner’s guide to planting sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are so hardy and easy to grow that they could almost be classified as weeds! Even without optimal fertilisation and care, they produce reasonably well, unlike many other...
virus infected weeds and healthy weeds

How to reduce the risk of viruses in capsicums

Seed is a potential source of viruses in capsicums. However, it is a rare occurrence these days, as seed producers are keen to protect their reputations and take stringent precautions...
growing watermelon

Watermelon planting tips

Many watermelon growers plant as soon as possible in the season so they can market the crop early, when prices are high.
pumpkin fly maggot damage

Watch out for these common vegetable pests

Pests are an ongoing threat to vegetables, and need to be controlled effectively and timeously to prevent damage to the crop.
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...


Stray cattle create havoc in the Free State

Stray cattle create havoc in the Free State

The problem of stray animals, mainly cattle, was escalating dangerously and needed to be addressed by the relevant authorities as a matter of urgency.
red peppers

Pest management in peppers

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