Earthworm tea gives soil life a kickstart

After much trial and error, a businessman at Hermanus, in the Western Cape of South Africa, has developed a method of producing “tea” from earthworm castings on a scale large enough to be used in agriculture. Organic fertilisers and pesticides are not all that popular with farmers because they are inclined…

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Maintaining soil health – make your own compost

There are many benefits to making compost which is essential in building soil health. Compost is a low cost input because the components like ash, fresh and dry grass, animal dung, soil and water are all on-farm. Compost contains important nutrients for plant growth, like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and…

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Organic farming: A viable option for small-scale farmers

Produce from organic farming is a niche market in first world cities; expensive food grown for rich city people who don’t want pesticides, herbicides or hormones to contaminate their palates. It’s a good market, so let’s not knock it. But organic can also be a far cheaper way for smallholders…

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Let earthworms work your soil and bottom line!

Earthworms are at work day and night without complaint. They increase soil fertility and help you, the farmer, save on production costs. It’s not only gardeners who need earthworms. Farmers need them just as much, maybe more. Earthworms are like mini-factories and produce compost and vermi-tea, natural fertilisers that also…

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