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Grow your own Peaches
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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Grow your own Peaches

Imagine being able to walk into your garden and pick fresh peaches straight from the tree. It's entirely possible and, given the right growing conditions, peaches are surprisingly easy to grow. Although many peach varieties tend to grow better in the colder areas of our country, there are a number of "low chill" varieties that are excellently suited to the growing conditions in the Western Cape.

Step-by-step guide to growing your own peaches :

  • Peach trees can be grown successfully from peach pips, but it's best to buy a young peach tree from a garden centre, as these trees have been specially cultivated and will bear fruit far sooner.
  • Choose an area of the garden where the soil drains well (a peach tree should never stand in pools of water) and where there is plenty of sun. Morning sun is ideal as this will ensure that the overnight dew on the tree dries up quickly.
  • Most peach trees are medium-sized and develop a fully-grown diameter of about 4.5m, so take care to plant your peach tree at least 3-4m away from other trees and tall growing plants.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 21:09
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Grow your own Swiss Chard
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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Grow your own Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is an easy to grow leafy vegetable that looks incredibly attractive in the garden. The popular variety “Bright Lights” comes in a rainbow of stem colours, ranging from yellow, orange and white to purple, pink and gold.

Step-by-step guide for growing your own Swiss Chard :

  1. Choose a sunny spot in your garden where the soil drains well.
  2. Dig up the soil well and enrich it with a generous dose of compost and nitrogen-rich fertiliser.
  3. Swiss chard can be sown from seed directly into the garden, or planted out as seedlings (plant them 30cm apart). If you sow seeds, they’ll need to be thinned out to a distance of about 30cm apart once they are about 5cm tall.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 18:46
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Grow your own Micro Greens
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Grow your own Micro Greens

Micro greens are all the rage right now for adding interest to salads and sandwiches. They’re also an ideal crop to grow in winter as they grow best indoors in seed trays.

Here’s what you need to know about growing them :

  • Visit your closest Stodels branch and stock up on seed trays, good quality potting soil and a selection of herb and vegetable seeds. Good choices include beetroot, carrots, watercress, chervil, coriander, celery, oriental greens, rocket, basil and spinach.
  • Fill each seed tray with potting soil, sprinkle the seeds on top and then gently rake them into the soil. Water well and keep the soil moist until the first shoots begin to appear.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:21
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Grow your own Broad Beans
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Grow your own Broad Beans

Broad beans (known as fava beans in the US) are easy to grow and they make an excellent addition to winter stews and casseroles. They’re also a great source of protein, carbohydrates and vitamins.

Here’s what you need to know about growing them in your garden:

  • Choose a sunny area of your garden that is protected from strong winds.
  • Prepare the soil well beforehand by digging in plenty of compost. Broad beans grow best in fertile, well composted soil that drains well.
  • Sow seeds directly into the garden bed, 5cm deep and spaced 30cm apart.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 17:32
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Grow your own Runner Beans
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Grow your own Runner Beans

Runner beans (also known as string beans) are very rewarding vegetables to grow in your garden. Besides producing an abundant crop of beans, they also have very attractive foliage and pretty red or white flowers.

Step-by-step guide to growing your own Runner Beans :

  • Prepare a garden bed in a sunny area of your garden by digging in plenty of compost or manure. This will ensure that the soil is able to hold plenty of moisture, which is essential for the success of your crop.
  • Sow seeds about 5cm deep, spaced 15cm apart. Once the plants have formed seedlings, you can thin them out to 30cm apart.
  • Keep the soil moist at all times, but never waterlogged. Mulch the soil to conserve moisture and discourage the growth of weeds.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:18
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