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Citizen-driven environmental action project

April 16, 2018

A newly established project named Action 24 seeks to empower citizens to deal with legislators on environmental issues. The organisation has representatives from: Q Food and Trees for Africa; Q African Climate Reality Project; Q SA Institute of International Affairs; Q SA Durban Community Environmental Alliance, and the Q Ekurhuleni Environmental Organisation. Action 24 is […]

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Popular medicinal plant

April 16, 2018

Commonly known as African wormwood, Artemisia afra or wilde-als is a soft aromatic shrub that is one of the most popular medicinal plants in South Africa. Strong and bitter, it is easy to grow from seedlings or cuttings and is not fussy about the soil that it is planted in, becoming a large, bushy and […]

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Ins and outs of livestock auctioning

April 16, 2018

Smallholders who want to sell a few of their farm animals have various options. They can advertise them in the livestock section of the SA Small Farmers’ Online Exchange, www.sasfox.co.za, and conduct a private sale. In this case the seller needs to state a price wanted for the animal, and perhaps be prepared to haggle […]

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Winter grass fires: how to prevent them, and how to fight them, and the law

April 16, 2018

Winter grass fires: how to prevent them, and how to fight them, and the law By the time you read this the last rains of summer will probably have fallen in Gauteng and the grass will be turning a universally dry pale brown. And somewhere, hopefully not close to your plot, some idiot will toss […]

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Food forests: what are they?

April 16, 2018

The term “food forest” has entered the lexicon of home gardeners, permaculturists, off-gridders and greenie beanies recently, conjuring up a mixture of trees, plants, insects and flowers, all bathed in dappled sunlight and delivering forth a magical harvest of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. But is this correct? Or more prosaically, what exactly does the […]

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Don’t starve your swarms

April 16, 2018

It isn’t generally known, but South Africa is not a bee forage friendly country and apiculturists are struggling to maintain the industry. There is a real risk that there will not be enough healthy bee colonies to service the agricultural industry, in terms of pollination services, in the near future, and as a honey producer […]

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Rare sheep breeding in Randfontein

April 16, 2018

One of only a handful of breeders in South Africa of Hampshire Down sheep, 18-year-old Sameshni Reddy and her family were originally drawn to the breed for their aesthetic appeal, having acquired their 5 hectare Randfontein plot as recently as 2013.After some experimentation with sheep, Sameshni noted the teddy-bear like qualities of the Hampshire Downs. […]

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In case you missed it: seen on Facebook

April 16, 2018

In case you missed them, here’s a summary of posts we recently put up on the Gauteng Smallholder’s Facebook page, facebook.com/gautengsmallholder. Cats on Smallholdings The last Gauteng Smallholder reader survey revealed that about 42% of smallholders keep cats, but of those who do, the average is three cats per smallholding. According to the by-laws of […]

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Chickens’ senses

April 16, 2018

Birds, including poultry, have the same five senses that humans have ~ sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell ~ but they are specialised to help birds survive. Chickens see the same way we do: light comes in through the cornea and iris, then stimulates nerve endings in the retina at the back of the eyeball. […]

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Simple Soil Test

April 16, 2018

Before starting a garden it is important to know what kind of soil you are dealing with, so that you can take measures, if necessary, to grow the plants that you want.. If you can learn about your soil’s texture, composition, drainage, acidity, and mineral density, you will avoid, up front, the disappointing results that […]

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