Organic farming: Let bats fight for you

These small mammals have a massive appetite for insects and can consume more than their body weight in a single night. They should be part of every integrated pest management system. A colony of bats can devour more than a million insects a night. This makes them an invaluable partner…

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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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