Mulching

Mulch provides the soil and plants with a great deal of organic matter, making for healthier soil and, thus, healthier plants. Mulching means the covering of soil with one or more layers of organic material. Mulching benefits the soil in several ways. Firstly, it…

Crop notes – Leeks

When to grow what is an important consideration in planning and managing your market garden. We are now in May in the Western Cape with nights getting longer and a definite chill in the air. This is also affecting customer preferences and as an…

Garden Layout plan

Here are a few pointers to consider when designing your market garden layout Position – Depending on the slope of the available land for your garden, it is always advisable to have beds on contour in order to maximise rain water retention and to…

Planning your market garden

The planning phase is where you set targets for your business, estimate your sales and expenses, research the kinds of plants that are popular in your area, and what they sell for. My suggestion to aspirant market gardeners would be to start off by…

What is a market garden?

A market garden can be described as a “micro farm”, normally on a small piece of land where fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown and sold to the public. Most market gardens grow and supply fresh seasonal produce for local markets and directly to the…