How to Crop

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.

How chickens can fertilise your crops

Chicken manure can add many nutrients to your soil, and works better than most other manures.

Sowing & selling chillies

Considering a chili crop? Two of the biggest aspects to consider before buying your first chilli plants are sowing and selling.

Regulate nitrogen on beans with great care

There is very little room for error when applying nitrogen to beans. Too much or too little will reduce yields.

Eliminate risks and ensure a uniform stand

Much attention should be given to planting bean seed as carelessness at this stage can be very costly.

Handle bean seeds with care

Labour Legislation Has Forced many farmers, who used to plant by hand, to mechanise their planting and harvesting. However, mechanical planting can damage vulnerable bean seeds.

Give your seedling transplant TLC

From emergence to pulling, seedling growers spend five to eight weeks providing their seedlings with daily care. Farmers usually provide good care once the transplants are planted and irrigated, but...

Clean out viruses before spring

If you remove virus-infected plants and insects at the start of the season, you can start off with a clean slate.

Dealing with cold snaps

Damaging cold snaps are inevitable, but damage can be reduced with some understanding and preparation.

Common element deficiencies in cauliflower

This subject has been covered to some extent in a previous article on cabbages, but as cauliflower is more prone to certain deficiencies, I will discuss these in greater detail.


Fitting a McClellan saddle

Fitting a McClellan saddle

This American cavalry saddle has been in use for 159 years. It was employed in the American Civil war and the Second Anglo-Boer War, and is still used for stock...

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