Growing garlic: soil types

Garlic (Allium sativum) can be grown in a wide range of soil types. What is more important is good fertility, as this crop has a modest root system.

The intricacies of crop rotation

The purpose of crop rotation is to prevent the build-up of a pest or disease to which a crop is susceptible. But there is more to rotation than merely switching.

How to start a vegetable farm

Starting a small vegetable farm on, say, 2ha, is generally easier than livestock farming. But the cost, and success, of the enterprise depends on the type of crop, the market and economies of scale.

The importance of planning

Planning goes hand in hand with record-keeping. You need to have the figures from past production in order to plan ahead effectively.

Growing garlic: Part 1

Garlic is a member of the onion (Allium) genus. Garlic is good for you, but is generally used more for the flavour it imparts to food than for health reasons. It has been grown for 5 000 years.

How to control eelworm

Many vegetable crops are susceptible to root knot eelworm (Meloidogyne spp, also known as nematodes or roundworm), and beans are no exception.

The crucial nitrogen-humus link

Humus contains approximately 10% nitrogen, and thus acts as a storage facility in the soil for this element.
A seed-borne disease is capable of destroying an entire bean crop.

Ensuring that seed is disease-free

Planting seed infected by a bacterial disease could lead to complete crop failure. Rather pay more for the seed, if necessary, to ensure that it is clean. Consider the extra cost as a form of insurance.
tomato leaves

Using nitrogen as an accelerator

Of all the elements, nitrogen has the most profound effect on a crop, and this is why you need to use it wisely.
green beans

Planting and harvesting green beans

Visual appeal plays a major role in the breeding of beans. Darker green, slender, straight beans have become more popular of late.
African Bollworm moths

Save money on chemicals

Farmers often ask for pest control programmes for their crops. They see them as a form of insurance. Is this justified? In a word, no!
Nitrogen deficiency showing a pink discoloration,

Ammonia-based fertiliser explained

Nitrogen fertiliser comes in two formulations: ammonia-based and nitrate-based. To make the correct choice, you need to understand the difference.

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