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Grow to Eat

Summer 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
Lonehill Trading (PTY) LTD
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3 Issues


1 min.

In this issue we’ve worked hard to get the right balance between how to grow and how to eat, with great advice on what to plant and how to grow it, as well as recipes that really make all the hard work worthwhile. For us, summer is all about the juicy fruits – watermelons, peaches, plums, nectarines, figs and the like. Is there anything better than sitting in the garden on a properly hot December day eating watermelon cold from the fridge? Well, you can grow this incredible fruit in your own garden, and there are so many intriguing varieties to choose from. In the past few months we visited a number of gardens and spoke to a number of food gardening experts to gather information. The one that stands out is…

6 min.
summer season checklist

1 Comfrey for composting There is so much greatness in comfrey that every food garden should have some. Early common names include knitbone or boneset, because of its historical use for treating sprains and bone fractures. In the food garden it can be planted in full sun or semi-shade, and the leaves used in compost to speed up decomposition. It is also a natural fertiliser and full of nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus, perfect for fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers. Use the leaves as a mulch to feed plants and attract slugs and snails from the surrounding plants, or make your own liquid fertiliser by adding the leaves and water to a container and letting it stand for a few days. 2 Trending: Your own coffee tree indoors! The…

2 min.
terracotta pots for best effect

Why terracotta? As we discussed in the Spring issue, terracotta pots have a number of practical benefits for plants: Terracotta pots are able to breathe, allowing air and even moisture to move through the walls, keeping pants healthier and helping to prevent fungal root disease. Plants don’t like sudden changes in temperature, and terracotta pots act as insulation, slowing down variations in temperature. Now that we’ve determined that terracotta pots are definitely the way to go with your potted plants, it’s time to decide which pots to go for and what to plant them in. Colour We know that ‘terracotta’ is a colour, but that doesn’t mean that you’re limited to terracotta-coloured terracotta plants! Yes, you will no doubt like the classic colour (and they are truly timeless!), but you need to know that even…

4 min.
flavourful food

Just before Lanseria airport there is an industrial complex: featureless warehouses, security booms and paved car park. It's the last place you would expect to find a potager that’s lush with salad vegetables, bees buzzing among blue-flowering borage, and a shady arbour screened by lemon trees. It just goes to show that you can grow vegetables and herbs anywhere provided you’ve got the imagination, passion and space. The Gutstadt family has that in barrow-loads, starting Culinary Equipment Company in 1999, and 14 years later creating a kitchen garden (almost hidden at the end of the building) to supply their garden-to-table restaurant, Culinary Table. It started with providing staff lunches, and developed into the dream of a restaurant that expressed the family’s personal ethos of local, seasonal and organic. What kind of leap…

4 min.
going wriggly tin

Our office veggie garden is a trial garden of sorts so is always evolving and changing. We like to try things out, experiment with different veggies, gardening techniques and garden products like fertilisers and biological control agents like the new EcoBuz range. And when we recently decided to add some containers to our garden, we looked around for something fresh and new, that would complement the appearance of the garden and still be long lasting and practical. While searching for something that would fit the bill we came across the beautiful ‘wriggly tin’ (what the Aussies call corrugated iron!) containers from RainQueen. These were exactly what we were after, and were duly ordered in various shapes and depths, delivered and installed. Now they are looking spectacular, planted up with a variety of…

6 min.
sumptuous summer produce

The summer bounty at Albertvale Farm is abundant and delicious and ready for some serious processing and eating. What a pleasure to wake up in the early mornings and hear the cacophony of birdsong, the chatting of the little lambs and the rustling of the wildlife in the garden. I have used most of my autumn leaves to generously mulch my garden paths. It makes a wonderful soft and earthy feel underfoot, and I can walk barefoot through the garden. I feel this is essential for that grounding and energy injection to start the day. Occasionally I just lie down on the grass and look skywards and just be… How often do we do that, and really enjoy the fruits of our gardening? The season has been interesting here on the farm,…