Heirloom seeds – the debate continues

The definition and use of the word heirloom to describe plants is fiercely debated. One school of thought places an age or date point on the cultivars. For instance, one school says the cultivar must be over 100 years old, others 50 years, and…

Mini propagation tunnel

Some pics of a mini greenhouse made from electrical conduit pipe and fittings – 20mm. Light weight and can be used to house seed trays until they germinate or simply positioned over a seed bed if you are sowing directly. Approximate floor size is…

Farmer John chicken tractor examples

These are some of the ‘chicken tractor’ examples that we used at various projects. Urban food farm in Industrial Johannesburg. Keyhole (Mandala) gardens created by using chicken tractors. The floor of each chicken tractor is layered with raw organic material such as manure or…

Getting ready for Autumn

Autumn is a very busy time for the gardener.  Get your hands dirty and enjoy the sunshine before the cold comes!To ensure colour through winter, plant and sow now and make sure that you have the right herbs/veggies in before it is too cold….

Lawn dressing

Lawn top dressing is when you apply a thin layer of material onto the lawn. It is often done with sand and that’s where the problem is. Sand is used because people think it will improve air space and water infiltration and drainage. These…