How to Crop

Dealing with anthracnose
Maize cultural practices

Farming hydroponically – part 1

Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking you through this interesting and potentially profitable form of farming.
How to use water wisely

How to use water wisely

Maintain a healthy kitchen garden by irrigating at the right time and giving plants the right amount of water, says Bill Kerr.
Green peppers how to grow them

Green peppers: how to grow them

Green peppers like plenty of sunlight and moist, warm soil. If using seed, plant under a shelter about eight weeks before you anticipate the last frost in your area, then...

How to grow sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are easy to plant, need little looking after and deliver high yields. They are usually grown in sandy soil, which makes them easier to dig up. But they...

Plan your harvest

When planting a crop on a continuous basis, the tendency is to plant the same quantity regularly. This seems logical, but it's not the best way to proceed, as yields...

Growing potatoes

Potatoes are nutritious vegetables and form the staple diet of millions of people.

Growing onions

Onions are one of the first crops of spring. They are very versatile and can be stored during winter. They are frost resistant and grow in most climates.

How to grow and harvest carrots

Carrots grow well and develop long straight roots when planted in loose, deep, rock-free, sandy loam soil.

Growing your own seedlings

If you don't want to buy seedlings from a commercial nursery, you can grow your own. If they are successful, you could maybe even sell them.

How to transplant seedlings

Last week we discussed planting seed directly into the ground. While this works for some plants, for most it's better if the seed is first planted in seedling trays or...

Planting seeds – part 1

Now that you are done with preparing your beds and ready to plant, you have to decide how you want to go about planting your seeds.

Preparing a vegetable plot

Preparing a vegetable plot can be hard work, but it's rewarding when you harvest your first crop.


‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

The wildfire that occurred in Trompsburg between 15 and 17 November was a classic example of extreme fire behaviour caused by weather conditions conducive to the development of a fire...

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