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Grow to Eat

Spring 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.

What a ride 2020 has been so far! I personally had such high hopes for 2020 when 1 January dawned – this was going to be a year for work and personal growth, for a bit of local travel, and plenty of quality family time. Well, 7 or 8 months in and I have got to spend plenty of time with my family, but the quality hasn’t always been there. It hasn’t been easy for anyone, I don’t think, to be stuck at home for months on end with the same few people, whether you’re related or not. And everywhere I look are the ashes of my other 2020 dreams. In terms of work it has been a stressful year for just about everyone in the world who doesn’t make hand…

3 min.
spring checklist

Clean and sharpen tools Wash all the dirt off your tools with warm soapy water. Once thoroughly clean, dry carefully. Fill a bucket with coarse sand and spray the sand with a product like Q20 or WD-40 lubricant. Spray each tool as well before sticking each one into the sand. The sand will keep the tools clean and rust-free. Watch on Garden Tube Plant strawberries The earlier you plant your strawberries the more fruit you will get. Plant in a sunny spot that gets late morning or afternoon sun for the best flavour. Prevent your strawberry plants from being waterlogged by making sure the soil has good drainage. To do this, plant in small mounds or in raised containers where you have more control over the soil. Mulch around each plant with straw to…

4 min.
jane's delicious garden

In the beginning When I began growing organic vegetables and herbs in my Johannesburg garden, I knew nothing about gardening. It all started in 1995 after I'd spent a year in the USA and fallen in love with the wide variety of chillies available there. At that time in South Africa we only had little hot red ones. If I wanted different chillies I had to grow them, so I collected seeds of every variety I could lay my hands on. At home I removed a section of lawn, dug in some compost and scattered the seeds. That summer I had about 20 varieties of chillies and was hooked on the rewarding process of sowing seeds, nurturing the plants and relishing the harvest, so I dug up more lawn. The chillies…

8 min.
celebrating new beginnings

Hello once again, as we all begin our gentle shift to harmonise with the new season of bountiful spring. I invite you to tune into the signs of the earth’s celebration of new life after the dark restorative coolness of winter. Remember that winter is a necessary time to slow down, to reassess, to restock and build resilience for us humans, but also the plants and other fauna as well. We see it on our farm, Albertvale, as we have a rather harsh winter with frost and cold winds. The plants hunker down, the animals prepare for the birth of their babies in spring, others hibernate. The bees are quiet, the earth is restoring, the birds have stopped nesting, the blue cranes are pairing off, and those plants that frost…

7 min.
vegan kitchen

Whether you are already vegan or simply vegan-curious, interest in exploring the incredible range of plant-based foods has never been as popular as it is now. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is entirely plant-based, excluding all animal products. Not only are meat, seafood, eggs and dairy products off the menu, but also honey and gelatine. Whether it's for animal welfare, ecological or health reasons, veganism is becoming a more mainstream choice. After all, if you are already vegetarian or have family members or friends who are, and you enjoy sharing meals together, it's not a huge leap to eliminate all animal-based food from your diet. The vegan kitchen Veganism has often been characterised as restrictive, difficult and just plain hard work. Instead of focusing on what vegans don't eat, let's look…

2 min.
delicious asparagus

Newbies to gardening are likely to bypass asparagus: it takes three years before you can begin harvesting, it can be difficult to cook, and it tops the list of weird-looking vegetables. However, with some patience asparagus can become your least demanding vegetable, giving back more each year than you put in. Additionally, you will save money, no longer having to buy expensive stalks from the shop, and you'll also have a gorgeous, fern-like plant to complement your garden when you are not harvesting. Planting and care Select your asparagus bed carefully – it will occupy the same area for years and should not be disturbed by any other planting or replanting nearby. While you can grow asparagus from seed, it may take longer to reach harvest size, and most gardeners choose to…