Grow to Eat

Summer 2021

Grow to Eat is the definitive seasonal guide to edible gardening in South Africa, brought to you by your favourite gardening magazine, The Gardener. A practical, non-nonsense guide, Grow to Eat is filled with growing, harvesting and cooking tips for seasonal fruit, vegetable and herbs.

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2 min.
welcome summer!

It’s summer, our lockdown levels are more relaxed (when will they end?), the holidays are coming and our gardens are ready for us to enjoy. Life is good! This year hasn’t always been easy, though, so we all deserve a hearty congratulations for making it through. One of the things that really harshed my buzz this year was the July riots – they were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and I was that camel. But what they have done (amongst other things) is opened society’s eyes to how food distribution works and how important food security is. The fact that shops in KZN ran low of things like bread, fruit, veg and milk so quickly, despite the province having such a wonderful growing climate, is really quite absurd. It…

4 min.
jonkmanshof simply meant to be

CITRUS You know it is meant to be when a possible weekend retreat becomes the place where you put down your roots. This is the adventurous tale of Hein and Jacques, and how their love of plants, food and age-old objects redirected their lives away from the rush of corporate life and travel, and to digging in the earth and creating beautiful bounty all around them. Hein seemed to be living on the road between Johannesburg and Cape Town, thanks to his corporate job, while Jacques, owner and chef at the well-known Hemelhuijs restaurant in Waterkant Street, was giving his life to his menu. The dream was to find a quiet retreat for weekends where the couple could escape the bustle of city life, and Montagu was the ideal destination as it is…

2 min.
changing society, one garden at a time.

According to the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP), hunger kills more people in Africa than Aids, malaria and TB combined. That’s a terrifying statistic, and one that strikes close to home, particularly after the recent riots when all of us were forced to take a harder look at food security. We were also able, if only for a moment, to put ourselves into the shoes of those less fortunate than ourselves, who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or when. Poverty, hunger and unemployment are a devastating trio of social challenges that need to be overcome. Aquacraft, one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of gardening equipment, has taken up the challenge, committing to play its part in helping where it can. As a start, Aquacraft has partnered with…

2 min.
what to do in december

Easy Summer Tasks Sow this month Asparagus, bush and runner beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celer y, cucumbers, Swiss chard WHAT DID I SOW? Control whitefly, aphids and other sucking pests with an organic insect spray. Support fruit-bearing stems of tomatoes, as well as trellis-grown squashes or cucumbers. Start sowing cool-season crops (cabbage, cauliflower and the like) in seed trays, and keep them in good, indirect light. Plant seed potatoes for autumn and winter eating. Fertilise fruiting crops when they start to flower, and leafy vegetables after picking. Raise your beds Not only does it make them easier to maintain, but you can make sure your soil is perfect for the plants you put in. Remove weeds because they compete for water. Keep soil moist with mulch Pinch out growing tips on cucumbers CHECKBOX Protect tender veggies from midday sun with shade cloth. Fresh…

1 min.
what to do in january

Easy Summer Tasks Sow this month Artichokes (globe), bush beans, beetroots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces, parsnips, spinach and Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips WHAT DID I SOW? Plant dill to enhance the flavour of tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber. Mixed with cream cheese or cottage cheese it makes a tasty dip. Pull off the bottom leaves of brinjals, up to the lower 30cm of the stem, because these leaves can create a moist microclimate for mildew and fungal diseases. In very hot and dry weather, protect vegetables with 30 – 70% shade cloth. Water early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Harvest summer vegetables regularly to encourage constant production. Tip: use kitchen waste to make compost Lift garlic and dry off the bulbs. Watch out for blight on potatoes and spray if necessary. CHECKBOX Pull out diseased and spent…

2 min.
what to do in february

Easy Summer Tasks Sow this month Beetroots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, Chinese cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, endives, globe artichokes, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach and Swiss chard, turnips WHAT DID I SOW? Beat the heat with regular watering, mulching, controlling pests and removing weeds that compete for water. Cut off tomatoes, squashes, beans and similar fruiting vegetables with kitchen scissors or clippers. Don’t pull off the fruit – it can damage the plant. Use the tops of vegetables like beetroot and celery to grow more. Place in a tray with a little water, and once they have some new leaves they can be planted into the garden. Tomatoespcan ripen on or off the bush. To ripen indoors, let the fruit stand in a cool area, not in full sun on the windowsill. Don’t refrigerate or the…