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How to Crop

Growing leeks in your garden
Dealing with anthracnose
Maize cultural practices

Maize cultural practices

Soil tillage, particularly primary tillage, is the foundation of every crop production system and the main cost factor in maize production.
Enjoy the taste of fresh garden peas!

Enjoy the taste of fresh garden peas!

These days, most people opt for frozen peas for convenience. They don’t know what they’re missing, says Bill Kerr. Fresh peas are far tastier and sweeter.
The basics of groundwater recharge

The basics of groundwater recharge

Recharge may be impeded by farming activities, leading to loss of topsoil and reduced water infiltration.
The basics of maize

The basics of maize production

Also known as corn, maize was first domesticated in southern Mexico nearly 10 000 years ago. Many varieties have been bred to suit a range of conditions.
Ever considered sorghum?

Ever considered sorghum?

Grain sorghum is not just for making soft porridge; it has many other uses. Climate change has sparked renewed interest in the crop in South Africa, says Prof John Taylor...
Drip irrigation

The main types of irrigation

Overhead irrigation is commonly used for pasture irrigation, while drip irrigation can be used for feed crops such as maize.
Tips on how to grow aloe

Tips on how to grow aloe

This plant yields juice and gel which are used for processing in the cosmetics industry.
Getting the best out of beans

Getting the best out of beans

Beans are a versatile, easy-to-grow and highly productive vegetable. All of this makes them a handy crop for the home garden. Bill Kerr explains how to grow and care for...
Learn how to grow carrots

Learn how to grow carrots

So many home gardeners find it difficult to grow these vegetables, but there’s no need to give up on carrots, says Bill Kerr.

Determining wheat yield

It’s important to adapt and revise your management strategies as the cropping environment, yield potential, commodity prices and input costs change.
Cutting propagation made easy!

Cutting propagation made easy!

Many people think that growing new plants or trees from cuttings should be left to qualified horticulturists. In fact, this technique is relatively simple, says Shane Brody.
How to grow beetroot in your home garden

How to grow beetroot in your home garden

This vegetable is ideal for the home garden. It’s easy to grow, tasty, and highly nutritious, says Bill Kerr.

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