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Winter season

Winter: June, July and August   Fruit Apples, avocado, bananas, gooseberries, guavas, granadilla, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquats, lemons, limes, loquats, naartjies, oranges, paw-paw, pineapples, tomato   Vegetables Asparagus, artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chives, cucumber, endive, garlic, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, new

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Growing Shiitake mushrooms

Type of log and dimensions Hardwoods are great because they take longer for the mushrooms to decompose them, so your logs last longer which means that you get more mushrooms. Softer woods like pine, don’t last at all. Some woods are too hard, like Ironwood. So if you can get

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Hydroponic Vegetable Production

One does not need good soil to grow vegetables. Water is used efficiently. Pollution of soil with unused nutrients is greatly reduced   What do I need to start a hydroponic production unit?   Garden units Source of clean water The right location Specially formulated fertilizer Time to attend to

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Hydroponics VS Aquaponics

Hydroponics Hydroponics is a time-tested method widely used for growing tomatoes and lettuce in greenhouses. The plants are grown directly in a water-based solution containing all the essential nutrients required by them. Inert media like pebbles or clay pellets are sometimes used for supporting the plants. The absence of soil

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Take it Eco Friendly

Where should I put it? First off, it’s most important to make sure your veg garden is located in a place that’s easy to get to – if it’s not, you’re more likely to neglect it, and veggies are attention junkies. Secondly, the area will need to get plenty of

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WHAT IS AQUAPONICS?

The aquaponic process In an aquaponic system, nutrient-rich waste water from fish in rearing tanks is used to provide plant food to vegetables and herbs grown hydroponically in grow-beds. Plants in the grow-beds grow rapidly in response to dissolved nutrients that are excreted by the fish, as well as the

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Back to basics

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between a high tunnel and a greenhouse. High tunnels could be as simple as only pipes or other framework covered by a single layer of greenhouse-grade 4- to 6-mil plastic, or as complicated as greenhouses.   There is often no electricity in the high

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Eco Friendly Foods

Go local Eating locally grown foods is possibly the best way to lower your carbon footprint when it comes to what you eat. Bonus: Eating locally means that food will be fresher — andtherefore taste better and perhaps retain more nutrients — than food shipped across the globe.   Eat

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GROWING HYDROPONIC LETTUCE

GROWING HYDROPONIC LETTUCE One advantage to growing hydroponic lettuce is you do not need expensive, hot HID lamps. Simple fluorescent lighting or specialized T5 fluorescent lamps are sufficient for growing any lettuces or greens. Avoid the expense and added heat. There are many varieties of lettuce you can try, with

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South Africa’s farming sectors interesting facts

Grain and oilseeds The grain industry is one of the largest in South Africa, producing between 25% and 33% of the country’s total gross agricultural production. The largest area of farmland is planted with maize, followed by wheat and, to a lesser extent, sugarcane and sunflowers. Maize is the largest

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