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Advantages of hydroponic tunnel farming

Hydroponically produced vegetables can be of high quality and need little washing. Soil preparation and weeding is reduced or eliminated. It is possible to produce very high yields of vegetables on a small area because an environment optimal for plant growth is created. All the nutrients and water that the

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Growing Green Beans

Green beans require at least 6-8 hours of daily direct sunlight and well-tilled, well-drained soil. They are also well suited to container gardening.

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March in the garden

Western Cape   It is prime time for perennials like red hot pokers, grasses like Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, pink muhly grass, Miscanthus and restios. More indigenous beauties to plant are plectranthus, honeysuckles, plumbagos, bush violets and ribbon bushes.   Hot tip: Although it is still too hot to plant bulbs from

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What is tunnel farming

There are many advantages to using this hydroponic method of cultivating plants. The plants are grown in plastic tunnels in a growth medium other than natural soil. The plants get a constant flow of nutrients as they are dissolved in the irrigated water system thus creating large and high quality

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Home-grown Vs. Store-Bought Veggies

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, most people should aim for nine servings of vegetables and fruits a day, or about 4 1/2 cups. Perhaps your dilemma isn’t about how many servings you should eat, but rather which vegetables are better for you–those purchased in a grocery store

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Choosing Fresh Fruits

Blueberries Look for firm, brightly coloured blueberries. Skip those that look mushy and always examine the container. If it’s stained or leaking, chances are the berries are beginning to spoil. Blueberries freeze very well, but don’t wash them beforehand. Spread them on a cookie sheet, place in the freezer until solid

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Growing your protein

One cup of chopped broccoli has 2.57 grams of protein. This means by eating that amount men get 5 percent of their recommended daily intake of 56 grams, while women get 6 percent of the 46 grams of protein they should consume daily. The best part about getting protein from

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When is the best time to water your fruit plants

The very best time to water plants is in the early morning, while it is still cool. This will allow the water to run down into the soil and reach the roots of the plant without too much excess water lost to evaporation.   Watering in the early morning will

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Growing Figs

It is essential that the roots are contained and not allowed to spread. Left to its own devices, the tree will make vigorous growth at the expense of a good crop of fruit. There are two ways to restrict the root run. Grow the tree in a 45cm (18in) diameter

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Just Lettuce

Crisp and hardy (though not as flavorful as other lettuces), iceberg that’s unwashed and stored in a plastic bag in the fridge will keep for up to two weeks — twice as long as most other kinds. Look for firm, densely packed heads that are heavy for their size. Cut

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