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Grow your own Brussels Sprouts
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Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Grow your own Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are delicious vegetables with a nutty, slightly sweet taste – if you don’t agree, then you’ve clearly not been cooking them properly (or they weren’t cooked properly for you). Many people think they don’t like Brussels sprouts because they have been served overcooked sprouts, which inevitably develop a bitter taste.

Here’s what you need to know about growing these unique vegetables, and how to cook them so that their delicious flavour comes into its own:

Step-by-step guide to growing your own Brussels sprouts:

  • Brussels sprouts like cool, moist growing conditions and rich, fertile soil. Take the time to prepare your garden bed with plenty of compost and slow release fertiliser.
  • Sow Brussels sprout seeds in January or February and keep the soil moist at all times until the seeds germinate (6-10 days). Feed the seedlings with a diluted solution of liquid fertiliser to encourage strong root growth.
  • When the seedlings are about 10cm high, thin them out to a distance of about 45cm apart.
  • Water your Brussels sprouts frequently. If they dry out, they are prone to developing a bitter taste.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 11:51
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Grow your own Pumpkins
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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

Grow your own Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a great vegetable to grow with your children. From watching the first seeds sprout, to seeing who can grow the biggest pumpkin, this is a fun activity from start to finish.

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

  • Start by placing a few pumpkin seeds between two or three sheets of damp kitchen towel. Fold the towel over and place the package in a plastic container in a darkish cupboard.
  • Check every few days to see whether the seeds have sprouted. When they do, plant them in small pots, place them in a partially shaded area outdoors and water regularly.
  • When the seedlings are about 10cm high, transplant them into a well composted garden bed which receives full sun. Pumpkins spread by growing long vines, so it’s wide to choose a nice long garden bed, so they will have space to grow.
  • Plant your seedlings about 1.5 metres apart and water well.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:14
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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 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 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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