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Dance Language of the Honey Bee

July 16, 2018

It has long been known that when forager bees return to the hive they perform various movements which communicate information to other bees in the hive. They are telling other bees where there is a source of nectar, how far away and in what direction from the hive. It is thought that they even communicate […]

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Choosing an Irrigation System for your Smallholding

July 12, 2018

Irrigation equipment can be divided into two basic groups according to the point of delivery. The first group throws the water into the air and lets it fall over the whole crop area, while the second group aims to route water only to where it’s needed – the plant’s roots. Whether you are using irrigation […]

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Why advertise in the Gauteng Smallholder magazine:

July 12, 2018

• Unlimited exposure: the readers can take their time to read the advertisement and can go back to it when they want to; • Target marketing: if you offer agricultural equipment or small machinery & implements, fencing & building materials, seeds, compost & fertilizers, animal feed, irrigation equipment, security services, livestock or poultry, pumps & […]

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Grasses and their identification

July 12, 2018

Any smallholder who wants to keep livestock needs to know about veld management. Grass is the most important crop of all. Grasses are a good indication of veld condition and are used to determine the grazing capacity of your fields. With 941 species of grass indigenous to southern Africa (Biodiversity Explorer), it is understandable that […]

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When your Septic Tank Malfunctions

July 12, 2018

Many people believe that, when their tanks malfunction, they can save themselves the cost of a professional emptying by pumping the liquid in the tank out themselves, “skelmpie-skelmpie” into a disused part of the garden. This won’t help in the long run because apart from the smell and flies so caused, the liquid is required […]

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Preserving Lemons

July 12, 2018

One of the joys of winter is having plenty of lemons. But if you have a tree on your smallholding, what do you do to use them while they are fresh or preserve them in order to have them out of season? Moroccans preserve their lemons in salt and lemon juice for thirty days before […]

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Common Horse Wounds

June 28, 2018

At some point in its life, because of its size and speed, your horse is going to be injured. There are many different types of wounds, some of which occur in the field or stable and some of which are caused by ill-fitting tack or bad riding. Some wounds you can treat, while others need […]

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Scorpions

June 26, 2018

There are about 130 species of scorpion found in South Africa, but Hollywood has done these arachnids no favours, as most of us presume that they are all highly dangerous and that a sting is bound to be fatal. In fact only two species cause death. Contrary to popular belief not all scorpions are highly […]

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Types of Beekeeper

June 18, 2018

Beekeeping can take many forms: From a one-hive hobbyist who merely puts a bit of honey on his own table, through a hobbyist with 50 or more hives who does it to make a bit of pin-money, to a semi-professional and professional with hundreds of hives and, hopefully, a reasonable income. But the fact is […]

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Offences against the National Veld and Forest Fires Act 1998:

June 18, 2018

The Act clearly outlines what is considered an offence and divides such offences into categories. There are penalties listed where a person lights, uses or maintains a fire in the open air or in a road reserve, as well as concerning smokers. It is an offence where a person on whose land a veldfire may […]

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