Vegetables

Vegetables

Realising a dream with urban aquaponic farming

Realising a dream with urban aquaponic farming

Louis and Nadine Kuys produce a range of colourful leaf vegetables in an urban aquaponics system in Vredenburg on the West Coast. Keri Harvey visited Forest Friends Aquaponics to learn...
Seedlings: Balancing fertility & hardening

Seedlings: Balancing fertility & hardening

To ensure successful fertilisation, you need to do more than simply carry out a soil analysis to determine the crop’s basic requirements. You also have to consider the needs of...
Do your homework before starting tomato production

Do your homework before starting tomato production

Producing tomatoes is expensive and can make or break a farmer. If you plan to grow this crop, first do your homework and investigate its economic viability.
Small land, big dreams for urban veggie farmer

Small land, big dreams for urban veggie farmer

Clement Tshuma believes his small-scale vegetable operation near Kempton Park in Gauteng, not only ensures the sustainability of his own future, but a similar model could be the answer to...
How to fertilise a crop correctly

How to fertilise a crop correctly

Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!
Good fruit set depends on not over-stimulating vegetative growth.

Over-stimulating vegetative growth

The survival mechanisms that enabled the ancestors of modern crops to survive in the wild will influence the efficacy of the fertiliser we apply to these crops today.
Spacing, competition & yield

Spacing, competition & yield

We sometimes tend to make assumptions about how a crop will react without considering the survival mechanisms inherited from its wild ancestors.
Leafy crop vs fruiting crop the balancing act

Leafy crop vs fruiting crop the balancing act

When trying to predict how a crop will respond to various situations, remember that all cultivated crops originated from wild ancestors growing in competition with many other species.
Get to know how your crop ‘thinks’

Get to know how your crop ‘thinks’

A crop has no way of ‘knowing’ or ‘sensing’ your good intentions. Instead, it responds to the prevailing conditions as a means of self-preservation.
The benefits of farm trials – Part 1

The benefits of farm trials – Part 1

When a farmer says he has 20 years’ experience, it could mean that he has simply been doing the same thing for 20 years without ever trying anything new!
Use a trowel for digging soil

Don’t drown your crop’s roots!

Where many farmers fall short is knowing how deep the water has penetrated after irrigation or rain.
Getting irrigation right

Getting irrigation right

Farmers often ask me how frequently and how much they should irrigate. There is no simple answer, as many aspects must first be considered.

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