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Growing leeks in your garden

Most people associate leeks with soup. For this reason, many of my farmer clients grow them only for inclusion in winter soup packs. But leeks have many other

Tuesday. February 11th, 2020
Getting ready to plant cucurbits Getting ready to plant cucurbits

Before planting a land to any of the cucurbits, you should kill off all broad-leaved weeds nearby, preferably well beforehand.

Monday. February 10th, 2020
The basics of maize production The basics of maize production

Also known as corn, maize was first domesticated in southern Mexico nearly 10 000 years ago. Many varieties have been bred to suit a range of conditions.

Thursday. February 6th, 2020
No-till: increasing soil organic content No-till: increasing soil organic content

With no-till farming, you need to try to gradually increase the organic content of the soil.

Tuesday. February 4th, 2020
Beware of that foliar feed mixture! Beware of that foliar feed mixture!

Company representatives often bombard farmers with products claimed to increase yield at little cost.

Monday. February 3rd, 2020
The need for manure to be broken down The need for manure to be broken down

Suggested application rates for some common crops, including tomatoes and potatoes.

Saturday. January 18th, 2020
How to fertilise a crop correctly How to fertilise a crop correctly

Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!

Thursday. January 16th, 2020
The benefits of organic matter The benefits of organic matter

In contrast, in a chemically based system, the interaction between the minerals becomes critical and complex, and a farmer needs a great deal of experience

Wednesday. January 15th, 2020
Growing in hot and dry conditions – Part 1 Growing in hot and dry conditions – Part 1

Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.

Tuesday. January 14th, 2020
Slow US planting, growing seasons end in delayed corn, soybean harvest Slow US planting, growing seasons end in delayed corn, soybean harvest

Late-planted feed crops in the US may see harvest challenges from weather, moisture levels, drying costs and quality, says analyst.

Tuesday. January 14th, 2020
Know your soil – Part 5: the value of phosphorous Know your soil – Part 5: the value of phosphorous

Continuing with our discussion of the soil analysis, we now come to phosphorous (P).

Friday. January 10th, 2020
Know your soil – Part 4 Know your soil – Part 4

The pH of soil is a reflection of its acidity or alkalinity. In the absence of base minerals such as calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K) and sodium (Na)

Thursday. January 9th, 2020
Know your soil – Part 1 Know your soil – Part 1

This year has been designated the International Year of Soils by the United Nations, so it’s a fitting time to learn more about the properties of soil

Wednesday. January 8th, 2020
Know your soil – Part 3 Know your soil – Part 3

Generally, the price per hectare of farmland does not vary much across a region, but the land’s true value does vary according to its productivity.

Tuesday. January 7th, 2020
Know your soil – Part 2 Know your soil – Part 2

If you have a proper understanding of the soil on your farm, you will be able to farm more efficiently – and get more enjoyment from farming.

Monday. January 6th, 2020
Biofumigation using an eelworm trap crop Biofumigation using an eelworm trap crop

Apart from reducing cyst eelworm, planting trap crops has other advantages.

Thursday. January 2nd, 2020
Beat cyst eelworm with trap crops Beat cyst eelworm with trap crops

An integrated approach to controlling cyst eelworm usually produces the best results, but using a trap crop is perhaps the single most important method.

Tuesday. December 31st, 2019
Beet cyst eelworm - the chemical option Beet cyst eelworm - the chemical option

In the previous issue, we discussed the fact that beet cyst eelworm is impossible to eradicate once it is established on a land.

Monday. December 30th, 2019
How to save olives from destructive diseases How to save olives from destructive diseases

Plant pathogens, or disease-causing viruses, bacteria and fungi could lead to significant losses in agricultural yields, and threaten food security

Friday. December 27th, 2019
This wild plant could be the next strawberry This wild plant could be the next strawberry

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and... groundcherries? A little-known fruit about the size of a marble could become agriculture's next big

Friday. December 27th, 2019
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