Faan’s South African Veggie News – November 2014

The Romans used to say: “Tempus fugit” and nothing has changed over all these years. No matter in which language you say it, time flies. Less than two months before Christmas, so if you want to spoil yourself with lovely fresh vegetables from your own garden during the Christmas holidays, now is the time to […]

Faan’s South African Veggie News – October 2014

It’s not often you get the opportunity to learn from the best. Faan Koekemoer is without any doubt one of the most experienced and pragmatic vegetable gardeners I know. He publishes a monthly newsletter jampacked with tips, tricks and timely advice for enthusiastic vegetable gardeners. And he has agreed to share it with our SA Herb Academy members. […]

Fresh Herbs Are Best

Can I share a secret with you? If you only learn one thing from this Grow Your Own Herbs Tutorial learn this: FRESH is BEST. The difference between fresh and dried herbs is as profound as the difference between summer and winter. One is full of sparkle, warmth and life, while the other is dull, cold […]

Grow Your Own Herbs – Tutorial

Herbs are some of the easiest, most grateful plants to grow. If you follow the basic guidelines in this tutorial about starting your own herb- or potted herb garden, you’ll be richly rewarded with their flavours and aromas. For starters – the rewards of growing herbs are far greater than with other plants. Other plants in the […]

The Rooting Hormone Debate

Is it safe to use a rooting hormone when propagating medicinal herbs? As with anything else in life there are different points of view. As far as herbs are concerned the purists argue that applying a rooting hormone, irrespective of it being natural or artificial, is contrary to what we are trying to achieve. It’s like eating […]

Choosing the Best Spot for Your Potted Herbs

The ideal spot for potted herbs receives ample sunlight, is near the kitchen, protected from cold winds and frost, and is close to a water source. Of all these the amount of sun that your herbs will receive is the most important as it will have the biggest impact on the quality of your herbs. […]

9 Tips for Growing Happy Potted Herbs

Growing herbs in pots is amazingly easy and productive. Most herbs do exceptionally well in pots. You just need to get a few basics right.  Simply apply the nine essential below and I can almost guarantee that you’ll get good results. 1. Don’t overdo it. Keep your initial attempt manageable by opting for a few useful herbs. The “Magnificent Seven” […]

Grow Your Own – It Makes Sense

The prospects do not look too good for food prices in the near future. The steep increase in farming labour costs and the ever increasing fuel price are already filtering through to the consumer. That’s why it makes sense to grow your own food. Three Areas to Focus On When you grow your own herbs and vegetables your […]

Ways To Increase Soil Phosphate Levels

Question from Anne: I am still in the planning stages of my herb garden and need to get the soil ready first. We are reclaiming land from an overgrowth of Wattle trees and I have been told that the Wattle trees deplete the soil of phosphate. Is there a way that I can increase the […]

3 Dreadful Food Gardening Maladies

Most activities work better when there is a grand scheme guiding them than when they just sort of happen in a haphazard way. There’s no doubt that an overarching design is absolutely necessary when it comes to complex projects like building a house or manufacturing a cell phone. When it comes to seemingly simpler projects […]

Is It Worth Growing Your Own?

One of the first questions every new food gardener asks is: “Is it really worth the effort growing my own vegetables?” A visit to your local food store will make it painfully obvious that food costs are soaring. There are many reasons for that. One of the major factors is the rising fuel cost that affects fresh […]

7 High-Yield Crop Growing Strategies

“The more you expand the horizons of your imagination, opening new territories and going beyond what you think is possible, the more you open the doorway to unlimited abundance.” – Sanaya Roman & Duane Packer Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown veggies from a 5-by-5-meter food garden. Fifty kilograms of tomatoes […]