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Strawberry Season

Strawberries like well-drained soil with plenty of humus. To prepare your bed, dig in some compost before planting and possibly use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season. Well-fed strawberries taste better. To protect the fruit from moulds, use some form of mulch around the plants. Straw, pine needles, or

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Summer seedlings

Your advantage: Growing plants from seeds is the cheapest way to garden and the seed packets are available anywhere and everywhere – even at the corner café in small towns. Mediterranean plants like rosemary, thyme, Pelargonium peltatum, olive trees, Agave geminiflora, Salvia leucantha and lavenders in anticipation of summer. All

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Do eco-friendly foods prevent cancer

Several studies have looked at the nutrient content of organic versus conventionally grown fruits or vegetables, and while some studies suggest a higher nutrient content, others suggest no difference. It is not known if the nutritional differences that have been reported would result in health benefits such as a reduced

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Bio dynamics

Get Into the Soil  Go outside and observe your garden, even if that means slugs and dandelions at the moment. Consider each element every passing critter and wayward plant as a piece of a puzzle; the key to healthy, crop-nurturing soil is to make all these puzzle pieces fit. It’s

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Seasons matter in the garden

 Dig and enrich new beds. Add improvements to soil, especially lime. Water regularly in dry weather. Keep ground well mulched. Sow green manures in between crops. Harvest winter vegetables. Prepare beds for summer crops: add compost if you didn’t last month and enrich the topsoil with dry fertilisers such as

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Grow your own peppers

Here’s how… Choose a sunny spot in your garden and measure a 1m wide and 50cm long seedbed. Dig 30cm deep to loosen the soil and mix one bucket of fertiliser into the soil. Level the soil with a rake. Now make furrows 10cm apart and 2cm deep, and evenly

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Aquaphonics – growing veggies and fish together

Good news about aquaponics: Aquaponic gardening enables home fish farming. You can now feel good about eating fish again. Aquaponic gardening uses 90% less water than soil-based gardening because the water is re-circulated and only that which the plants take up or evaporates is ever replaced. Aquaponic gardening results in

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Natural Fertilizers to Improve Crop Production

Hydrolyzed liquid fish fertilizers are created using enzymes rather than heat. The resulting product is not smelly and retains more trace nutrients and vitamins. The average N-P-K ratio for hydrolyzed fish fertilizers is 4-2-2.   Bone meal A byproduct of slaughtering facilities, bone meal is created through the steam processing

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Are pesticides making us fat?

Banned DDT is still used in South Africa   Although DDT was banned in the United States in the 1970s, it continues to be used for malaria control in countries including India and South Africa. Scientists gave mice doses of DDT comparable to exposures of people living in malaria-infested regions

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Pesticides and your health

The use of toxic pesticides to manage pest problems has become a common practice around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. It is difficult to find somewhere where pesticides aren’t used — from

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