How to Crop

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.

Farming hydroponically – part 4

Hydroponics is becoming a popular way to produce vegetables in South Africa because of the high quality of the produce. This week: keeping your plants disease-free.

Growing sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes originate from South America. Their heat tolerance makes them a useful summer crop for areas that are too warm for most vegetables.

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.


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