How to Crop

Know your soil

Knowing what kind of soil you have will help you prepare it correctly - improving it and increasing yield.

Using manure on acidic soil

If your soil is acidic, simply applying manure won't improve your yield, so you need to add lime or wood ash.

Spend on technology, save on water

Gamtoos Valley's three-year drought meant farmers were only allocated 40% of their annual water quota this year. And the catchment area of the Kouga Dam got little relief, despite recent...

Getting started with carrots

Here are some guidelines regarding plant population, fertilisers and climate to get you started on carrot production.

Diseases in tomatoes

Tomatoes can be affected by many different diseases - and some, like powdery mildew, can cause serious damage.

Caring for cabbages

Cabbages are heavy feeders and need plenty of food to grow. Without enough water, the heads will dry out and taste bitter, so fertilising and watering the plants is important.

Furrow irrigation

This form of irrigation is good for row crops, such as tomatoes, cabbages, and leafy vegetables.

How to grow lettuce – Part 2

This issue we look at the different kinds of lettuce available and which are best for your home garden.

Dealing with soil compaction – part 2

When it comes to farming, soil compaction can't be prevented. But it can be managed to maintain crop yield and irrigation efficiency, and to reduce production costs, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.

Dealing with soil compaction – part 1

Small-scale farmers often overlook the damage caused by bad tillage methods, leading to compacted soil, destroying their hard work, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.

Preparing your soil – part 2

Manure will do more than just fertilise and feed soil, it will loosen it to help the roots grow better and prevent diseases.Issue date: 13 August 2010

Preparing your soil – part 1

You don't need fancy tests to check your soil to see how much fertiliser you need.

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