getting rid of snails in your garden

Snails, Be Gone!

Having a few snails in your garden isn’t necessarily a bad thing as they could help attract a variety of interesting wildlife like birds and frogs. An infestation, however, is a whole different story and should be dealt with as soon as possible. It can be very disheartening to lose a crop to snails. Let’s start by taking a look at WHY snails are attracted to the garden in the first place… Wet Soil Snails absolutely love wet soil because provides a…

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saving seeds

5 Tips for Growing and Saving Seeds from your Home Garden

Saving seeds from your own garden can be a most rewarding exercise – but there can also be some disappointments if you are unaware of some basic, time-saving points. This guide will help you choose which seeds to save and give you a head start in planning and maintaining a successful seed saving garden. You will also learn about when to know if seeds are ready to harvest and how to best store your seeds for longevity. Of course, the…

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Permaculture Perspective: Turning Problems into Solutions

Permaculture as Philosophy: How to Apply ‘Turning Problems into Solutions’ in Real Life  An excerpt by Charlotte Ashwanden from PermacultureNews.org Probably one of Bill Mollison’s most often-quoted phrases is – “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” This view is woven throughout the permaculture principles, especially in Mollison’s original design principle, “Turn Problems Into Solutions” A problem is usually defined as the opposite of a solution. How can it change so drastically? Firstly, it seems important to…

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Planting a Garden is Believing in Tomorrow

This year has been extremely challenging, to say the least. As a nation we have faced uncertainty on every level. From survival to thriving, we have had to unite and make quick and careful decisions based on an urgent and collective need to defend and sustain what is most important to. And the right to healthy, nutritious and accessible food has consistently been at the epicenter of dire need as thousands upon thousands of people desperately seek their next meal.…

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Growing in Bereaville

Johan has been doing an excellent job of nurturing a range of organically grown seedlings that were planted out just a few short (and stormy) weeks ago with the support of the Valley Food Gardens initiative in Greyton. His generations worth of knowledge about farming on this land in Bereaville is proving to be great and his efforts are already paying off. Seedlings are healthy and ready to grow in their new homes  Preparing the land using traditional methods Checking on the…

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The Valley Food Gardens Initiative

Valley Food Gardens Ons Kweek Kos Saam Beyond Food Parcels: Unlocking the Genadendal Valley’s ​Food-growing Resourcefulness The Red Cross and supporting organisations are providing food parcels to vulnerable families in the Genadendal Valley in the Overberg Region of South Africa in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown. But this is an unsustainable solution to food insecurity. Once the pandemic grips the cities, resources and attention may largely go there, and as the economy takes many years to recover and food insecurity…

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Onion, Honey & Cinnamon Soothing Syrup

This simple medicinal syrup is made with onion, honey & cinnamon and can be kept in the fridge for up to six months. It soothes a sore, dry, itchy throat and can also assist with the healing of wounds. The honey and cinnamon offer antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while the humble onion stimulates the immune system, and the essential oil is an expectorant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anticoagulant, and has analgesic properties. You can also add grated ginger, minced garlic, grated…

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Sunday Stroll through the Veggie Garden

This morning I woke up to the deep tolls of church bells echoing through the valley and later the chorus of hymns drifting in from the distance. It made me feel content as I fed the cat and lit the stove and it brought back childhood memories of my Ouma’s NG Kerk songs. Time is different here. It’s slower, predictable and mingled with voices and animal calls carried across the valley. During the week it’s just about silent, save for…

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Barefoot in Bereaville

I have been blessed with the opportunity to “grow home” in an off-grid homestead in the quaint and rural village of Bereaville, near the better known town of Greyton in the Overberg, Western Cape.  Over the next six months, I will have the opportunity to play in the veggie garden, orchard and berry house – and of course, get up to some serious magic making in the kitchen!      I look forward to sharing this barefoot adventure with you! 

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Banana Citrus Circle Pit

We are so excited and blessed to have Peter Rain Treurnicht join the Growing Home Team! I met him back in 2015 at the Hogsback Festival of Trees in the Eastern Cape and instead of coming back to Cape Town Peter ended up going to live and work on an amaaaaaazing Permaculture Farm just outside East London – for 2 years! He is now back in the city and itching to Get Growing again and we are super stoked to have him…

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