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Grow to Eat

Autumn/Winter 2019

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.

South Africa
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The world can be a sombering place – the economy, the crime, the plastic, the guys who drives round and round the carpark waiting for a parking close to the gym. But there are always good things to find if you’re prepared to look. Good Source is one, a plastic-free shop in our hometown of Hillcrest where the public can take in their own containers to refill. You can buy everything from fresh fruit and veg to cleaning products, herbs, spices and body care products, and 90% of it is produced locally. It’s such a great concept, and we hope it spreads countrywide. Then there’s our story about Farmer James and Madumbi, slowly trying to change the way we farm by focussing on healthy soil and reduced chemical usage. Healthy soil is…

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autumn & winter season checklist

1 Planting time for fruit trees Plant new fruit trees in temperate areas in March. Trees like nectarines and peaches prefer warmer soil to establish their root systems. Your local nursery will be able to help with trees for your specific area. Prepare the plant site and include loads of compost and superphosphate or bonemeal into the planting hole. Plant the tree in the hole at the same depth it was growing in the container. Water well and apply a layer of mulch around the tree, but not touching the stem. 2 Go green Give one bed a rest this winter by sowing a green manure like mustard, clover, oats, vetch or serradella. Green-manure crops increase the fertility of the soil and improve its structure and health. (Seed is available from www.livingseeds.co.za) 3 Turnaround time…

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the autumn garden show

MayFord THE MAYFORD GIN BAR Relax and drink in the beautiful gardens while sipping on a botanical gin cocktail There’s a chill in the air, a crisp morning breeze, trees are bursting with gold and russet leaves – Autumn is here. Believe it or not, now is the time to plant as great gardens begin in Autumn. What better way to celebrate this inspiring season than to visit The Autumn Garden Show, which returns for its second year at The Herb Farm, Summit Road, Midrand from 5 – 7 April 2019. Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2019 Take a stroll through the picturesque herb garden, a vibrant celebration of the senses with bursts of colours of rose blooms and the heady scents of herbs. Enjoy an educational Herb Tour through the spiral labyrinth garden,…

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a simple garden done well

“I try to learn something new every day,” says Gavin Heyhoe. “And that’s how this veggie garden got started. Well, it has always been here, but it just never did well. Then about 10 – 12 years ago I went on an organic veggie gardening course in the Karkloof, and what I learned there changed everything. Look how well things are growing now.” “Before I went on the course we had the soil tested and it turned out the soil was good, but veggies just didn’t do well. But the course said that we should continually add organic matter, so we’ve been adding compost ever since. The biggest change is that before the course the soil was hard, even if it was nutritious, but now you can dig a hole with…

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8 indigenous edible plants

We have a serious wealth of edible and medicinal plants within our rich biodiverse plant kingdom in South Africa. It is important to know what part of the plant to use and how it can be used for culinary use. Some are edible only in certain seasons, or after certain preparations. Below are a selection of a few of our favourite wild flavours, most of which are pretty well known and favoured in landscaping, so you might even have some of these already growing! Planting these indigenous edibles in your garden or growing them on your balcony gives you easy access to fresh flavours that can handle our harsh South African climate, and that are more water-wise and easier to maintain than regular herbs and veg. This makes it that much simpler…

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How to grow Turnips prefer cool conditions and may become bitter if the weather is too warm and dry. They are a deep-rooting crop and should be grown in a well-manured soil that retains its moisture. When preparing the bed, add 45 – 60g of 2.3.2 or 2.3.4 fertiliser per m to the soil and break up all soil clods so that the soil is both firm and well draining. Turnips like firm soil so tramp it down lightly after it has been dug over. Propagation is from seed, sown in situ. Sow the seed in shallow drills 25 – 30cm apart, covered with about 1.5cm of fine soil. Firm the soil once the seed is covered and water well with a fine spray. Turnip seed is very fine and care should…