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   Nov 12

How to build a dirt cheap earth box from a 200 Liter plastic drum

We all know that earthboxes and other self-watering containers work great but are very expensive to purchase. Fortunately many DIY alternatives are available for those gardening on a budget. For me gardening is all about growing the healthiest food possible while spending the least amount of money. This means saving money on containers, water, fertilizers, […]

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   Nov 10

Fresh strawberry and blueberry porridge

What to do with a bowl of freshly harvested strawberries? Why not make a great breakfast and use them as a porridge topping… Firstly I half or quarter the strawberries, depending on size and then I add a teaspoon or two of sugar and let them sit for a few minutes. The sugar draws out […]

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   Nov 10

Wild rocket – best rocket to grow

Wild rocket has gotta be the best rocket one can possibly grow. It ticks all the boxes: its a perennial – rocket supply all year round its called “wild rocket” – that’s possibly the coolest name for a vegetable it is very hardy it tastes so much better then standard annual rocket. it produces nice […]

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   Nov 10

Growing beetroots in containers

My beetroots are doing really great in a 10 gallon (~30 liter) container. I used some potting soil mixed with bokashi and planted the seedling nicely spaced into it. The seedlings were started in a seed tray and I transplanted them shortly after they developed the first true leaves. Beetroot don’t particularly seem to like […]

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   Nov 08

Don’t spray mint with baking soda

Yesterday I noticed a few white fungus spots on my indoor mint plants, probably some powdery mildew. So I thought I’d give em a good spray with a mix of water, baking soda and a few drops vegetable oil. Big mistake – they didn’t take it very good at all. This morning the mint leaves […]

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   Nov 07

Anthracnose on zucchinis and cucumber

Mid spring and my garden is already plagued with fungus. I think it might be¬†anthracnose. It’s gotten hold of my zucchini and cucumber, even after preventative weekly copper sprays. Today I have tried to spray with milk after pruning all diseased leaves. Baby cucumber plant with fungus -¬†anthracnose or blight?   another young diseased cucumber […]

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   Nov 04

Baking soda and neem oil as organic fungicide

Is fungus and powdery mildew taking over your garden? Want to keep the garden organic and avoid toxic chemical fungicides? If I get problems with fungus my first line of defence is a spray of baking soda mixed with neem oil and water. Sometimes I also add a few drops of Dr Bronner Mint soap, […]

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   Nov 03

Starting seeds in small seed propagators

This weekend I bought myself a seed propagator. I normally start all my plants from seed and use whatever I have to keep the little seed pots moist. Normally I just cover them up with some plastic foil. But when I looked through the garden center I found a little seed propagator on special and […]

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   Nov 03

Kohlrabi in container with bokashi mix

I love kohlrabi. They are probably my favorite vegetable from the brassica family. Especially eaten raw. I just peeled and eaten like an apple. Yummy stuff. I have good success growing kohlrabi in containers. This time I used a 40 liter container filled with old potting mix that I refreshed with bokashi. It’s also getting […]

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   Nov 03

Can you grow kuri squash in containers?

This year I’m trying to grow pumpkins vertically in containers. I choose red kuri squash, because I think they are the tastiest pumpkins around. My preferred way of eating them is to cut them up, then toss them in olive oil, pepper and salt and roast them. Pumpkin and squash normally require lots of space. […]

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