How to Crop

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.
Bacterial blight of cowpeas

Bacterial blight of cowpeas

This is one of the most destructive diseases of cowpeas, according to Dr Alina Mofokeng of the Agricultural Research Council’s Grain Crops Institute.
Groundnuts: a useful rotation crop

Groundnuts: a useful rotation crop

In South Africa, groundnuts are grown in the summer rainfall areas under irrigation or dryland conditions. Farmers with limited resources, particularly those in the northern and eastern parts of South...
Tips on growing Swiss chard

Tips on growing Swiss chard

Dark green vegetables help strengthen bones and are generally excellent for health, especially in older people.
Growing apricots: a brief overview

Growing apricots: a brief overview

A brief overview on cultivating this versatile fruit, which arrived in South Africa in the 17th century.
Growing lettuce at home

Growing lettuce at home

Plant lettuce types that enable you to harvest the leaves as required over a long period, says vegetable specialist, Bill Kerr.
Getting started with brinjals

Getting started with brinjals

The brinjal or eggplant is a species of nightshade, and therefore related to the potato and tomato.
Preparing your vegetable patch

Preparing your vegetable patch

In preparing your vegetable patch, the ideal is to prepare the soil only once, and then switch to no-till.
Learn the basics of growing tea

Learn the basics of growing tea

Tea is a challenging crop, but can be financially worthwhile under the right conditions.
Some tips for growing garlic

Some tips for growing garlic

Closely related to the onion, shallot and chive, garlic has long been used as a seasoning worldwide.
How to apply herbicides

How to apply herbicides

A brief overview of how herbicides are applied, and how to avoid resistance.
Growing pecan nuts: cultivars, soil prep & planting

Growing pecan nuts: cultivars, soil prep & planting

Here are a number of well-known cultivars, advice on how to prepare the soil, and other aspects to consider when growing pecan nuts.

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