Vegetable production: Establishing onions using sets

Direct seeding, sets and transplants can be used to establish onions. Direct seeding, using precision planters, is the preferred system for larger plantings. Transplants are less popular because of the high labour cost. Therefore, although expensive, planting sets can be useful for extending the harvesting season. The information given in…

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Marketing tips: Your road map to successful fresh produce marketing

Every fresh produce farmer must have a plan for how he’s going to sell his crops. Your marketing plan is like a road map that guides you through the steps of marketing so that you can successfully sell your fresh produce. It gives you “check points” to provide direction, measure…

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Herb production: Chamomile – way more than a pretty flower

German chamomile is seen as a weed in the Mediterranean, but in other parts of the world it can boost farm earnings. CHOOSING A CULTIVAR German chamomile is considered a weed in the Mediterranean, but here it is producing good-quality essential oil. Not all varieties are suitable for high-quality oil…

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Flower production: Manage pitfalls before growing proteas

Fynbos plants like proteas are area-specific and growing them can be challenging. Protea species cannot be cultivated just anywhere. Most of them grow naturally on marginal soils in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and along the escarpment up to the Limpopo Province. For commercial production, the climate should…

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