Category: Plants

Soil Temperature and Seed Germination

A few days ago we sowed the tomato seeds for this season’s market and home garden. It never ceases to amaze me what little indoor space you need to rear thousands of seedlings. We use two 50 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm trays to germinate approx 150 seedlings from 10 cultivars. When they get bigger we move them into two 1.3 x 8 m beds covered with polythene to rear them before they take their permanent positions in the gardens in early – mid April.

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Why Your Garden Needs A Herb Spiral Design Solution

What is a herb spiral It is a vertical garden that makes use of limited garden space by horizontally accommodating plants along its spiral design. It has a base diameter of around 1.5-2m while its height is 1-1.3 m. It is built on level ground, preferably layered at the bottom to keep weeds at bay, and the walls are built using bricks or stones. The herb spiral not only offers […]

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The Importance of Trees in the Garden

In permaculture, forest gardening is high on our list of priorities. While the production value of certain trees, specifically fruit and nut species, is an obvious positive, there are many more reasons trees should be featured often and prominently in our designs. When considering them carefully, we can find a bounty of benefits to enjoy. Trees play a vital role in eco-systems, in the planet’s atmosphere, in our water systems, […]

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Seed Banking and its Benefits

With climate change on the increase, many crops are in danger of going extinct, and this will undoubtedly cause a global food crisis. The worldwide population explosion has also led to increased consumption of food that exceeds production. Seed banking and conservation is a technique that can avert such unforeseen emergencies. Seeds are stored in secured seed banks and can be retrieved when crops disappear. How do Seed Banks Work? […]

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Stop and Smell the Roses… And Don’t Forget To Eat The Fruit!

The only limit to your garden is your imagination. You can cultivate both beauty and function all in one space. A plant that can be grown in most gardens or flowerbeds, that adds stunning beauty and bears beneficial fruit, is the rose. While we don’t typically think of this as a fruit bearing plant, it indeed is. The beautiful rose produces the rose hip fruits, aka rose haw or rose […]

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Turmeric

Turmeric’s deep, earthy flavour is wonderful, and a favourite way to consume it is fresh, but as we had plenty from this harvest, we processed some. It’s easy to know when Turmeric is ready to harvest. After around eight to ten months in the earth, you will have seen the green foliage flourishing during the monsoon, then gradually browning and dying back as the dry winter season comes in. That’s […]

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Permaculture Kitchen Garden

Who doesn’t love cooking with fresh herbs? I love cooking with fresh ingredients. Using fresh cut culinary herbs and edible flowers is a really special thing. All growers know that from the time the plant is harvested you start losing flavor and nutrients. It’s important to get fresh-cut herbs if you want the most amazing flavor for you and your family. Permaculture is such a heartwarming way to grow. You […]

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Okra:

Lady’s fingers, ochro, kopi arab, bhindi, okro, and gumbo; all pseudonyms for that quirky edible seedpod, officially known as Abelmoschus esculentus, that many of us simply call okra. Okra is nestled comfortably in the Malvaceae (mallow) family of plants, which also houses hollyhock, cotton, and hibiscus. While there is some question if okra is a fruit or vegetable, it does contain seeds all wrapped up in a nice little package […]

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Berry Island

My property has a right-of-way cutting off a small section of my land for my dear neighbor so she can get to her property. I see this section of land as a small island and found a great opportunity to do something a little different with it. This will be my second year working on ‘Berry Island’. It’s really cold right now about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so I obviously won’t […]

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A Happy Garden

When growing a garden, we rarely plant just one vegetable or fruit. We like to have many of favorites growing from early spring to late fall, yielding an enchanting bounty for both the palate and the eyes to enjoy. When we plan our gardens we visualize beautiful robust plants full of nourishing edibles. To get these types of plants we must fully care for our gardens. Caring for our gardens […]

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Broccoli Rabe

There’s little dispute that including vegetables in our diets does indeed improve our overall health and supplies our bodies with valuable nutrients to function properly and perform at our best. To ensure that we are receiving a full range of these nutrients we need to be mindful that we work to vary our diets. Often, we can get in a rut, eating the same few veggies, week in and week […]

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Growing Perennials

I love growing perennials! Perennials are plants that can grow for 3 years or longer with proper care. They are time savers, money savers and allow you to share plants in most cases. Perennials are soft greens not woody and flower. Some examples you should be familiar with are; – Grapes – Mint – Lavender – Water Cress – Lemon balm – Horseradish – Jerusalem Artichokes – Broccoli – Chives […]

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