Organic farming: Soil preparation is the first step

Anybody can grow vegetables organically, says grower Jane Griffiths, but it’s important to start out right. We asked her why soil preparation is so important. Good soil preparation and soil health are the foundation of successful organic farming. “A crop is a mirror of the soil it grows in,” says…

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Vegetable production: How to go organic – the basics

Organic crop production is about using natural materials to improve soil fertility, mainly of humus and micro-organisms that break down the organic material so plants can use it. Humus (an end product of compost) and globulin (produced by micorisa fungi) are particularly important. Humus retains up to 80% of water;…

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Organic farming: 7 steps to achieve real results with permaculture

Question: I’ve always wanted to become a fruit and vegetable producer, but my circumstances are less-than-ideal. Do you have any tips on starting out? The Siyakhana Food Garden project in Bezuidenhout Valley Park was established on a one-hectare piece of land that was once a dumping site. The land, allocated…

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Organic farming: Learn more about earthworms

Two experts - Carmen Nottingham and earthworm farmer Ingo Vennemann - answer questions about earthworms. What kind of farming is suitable for keeping earthworms? Nottingham: Fruit, vegetable, maize, herb and flower farming. Even livestock farmers could start composting; they have a great deal of manure at their disposal and this…

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A holistic recipe for farming success

By producing organic vegetables, fruits, chickens, eggs and pork in Zambia's Kafue district with holistic management methods, Sebastian Scott earns a substantial premium for his products from retailers and families in the country's capital, Lusaka. So much so that he could grow from a micro farmer whose products were transported…

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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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How to plant for better performance

In organic farming, using alternative planting techniques can improve a crop’s performance dramatically. Organic vegetable grower, Jane Griffiths, shares some ideas. The major techniques are interplanting, companion planting, succession planting and vertical planting. Growing two or more types of vegetables in the same place at the same time is known…

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