Glutney: A Versatile Chutney Recipe for Gluts of Veg at Harvest Time

We are delighted and very grateful for an abundant harvest of marrows and tomatoes (that just keep coming!). This is our latest harvest and we are preparing to make GLUTNEY: a simple, versatile recipe that can preserve various gluts of veg at harvest time. I learned the base of this recipe while working on an off-grid eco backpackers in rural Eastern Cape with a most dynamic Israeli sister when we had an overrun of green tomatoes – and the first…

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Summer is Here!

So, last time we posted we had just planted our purple and magenta potatoes in washing baskets.  They are doing really well and we have topped them up with more soil and straw as they have grown. Looking forward to a great harvest! Below you can see our aubergines growing nicely. This heat has been quite something but they are doing well in the shade.  Next we have a zucchini bed… thriving!   Look at the size of this baby! Lots…

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Planting Potatoes in Washing Baskets

This winter we were extremely excited to find purple and magenta potatoes and decided we wanted to let some sprout and plant them. These are the magenta potatoes, freshly cut. The protruding bits you see emerging from the skin are the eyes beginning to sprout. You can cut the potato between the eyes then allow them to seal over and plant individually. Spot the sealed over cut on the left.  You can also plant whole sprouting potatoes. We decided to…

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Spicy and Sweet Purple Sauerkraut

Last week we decided to visit one of our neighbours who are growing the most beautiful organic vegetables from their home market garden in the suburb of Pinelands.  The Pinelands Market Garden Open Day turned out to be marvelously inspiring and we walked away with some great ideas and some rather sexy cabbages! On the way home I remembered that I had some cranberries and wouldn’t they add the perfect sweetness to a spicy sauerkraut? Yup, I believe they would! Sold…

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Seeds that Keep on Giving: Mother City Seed Library Launches in Cape Town

Saturday, 9 September saw a diverse group of seed saving enthusiasts gathering under a beautiful old tree in Keurboom Park, Cape Town to celebrate the launch of the Mother City Seed Library and it’s monthly seed sharing meetings. Seed swapping, depositing and borrowing took place amidst slow food sharing, interesting conversations and a growing passion for saving seed and ensuring food sovereignty.   One of the Mother City Seed Library’s missions is to support Seed Library users and gardeners, from…

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Bounty, Water Wising and Liquid Fertilizing ~ August ’17 Round Up

Yay! Our purple cauliflowers are doing well – and they taste amazing! We have been feeding them every two weeks with liquid manure tea, which they seem to really enjoy. Our verdict is they are best eaten straight out the garden – raw and all! Of course, peas are also be best straight out the garden! Kids love opening them up and eating the yummy gems inside. Our rhubarb is also doing well – look at those big leaves! When…

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New Neighbours, Wonderful Weeds & Spring Planting ~ July ’17 Round Up

This last month went by just like that! Maybe it just feels that way because, as they say, time flies when you are having fun! Last month found us enjoying our new self-composting beds, setting up our mini glass hot houses and planting a variety of seedlings that we brought up at home. This month saw us expanding the garden while helping our neighbour re-design and build her new chicken sanctuary/rescue centre. Let’s take a look at some before and…

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Nourishing Nettle ~ Wild Food & Medicine & How to Harvest without the Sting

Sometimes Nature has an odd sense of humour. Take Stinging Nettle – Urtica urens here for example: at a glance she looks rather unassuming, even inconspicuous. Now, take a closer look: see those fine hairs? Well, if you’ve happened to brush past stinging nettle, you will know what I am talking about: those hairs sting as they come into contact with the skin – and not just a momentary prick but a lingering stinging and sometimes itchy and almost burning…

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A Shout-Out to Nasturtiums ~ Beneficial in the Garden & in Medicinal Food Recipes

One of the most beautiful things about the winter garden has to be nasturtiums. We have grown to love her bright orange, yellow and even red blooms and her big, round leaves that rise up to dance in the breeze.They bring with them some winter brightness as well as the pollinating bees to the garden. Our kids love to pick a nasturtium leaf that has a few droplets of water nestled in it’s centre and watch how it rolls around…

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Self-composting beds & New life ~ June ’17 Round Up

Hello fellow Growers! We hope you have been enjoying the season as much as we have. Last month we showed you our progress with putting up our fence and gathering supplies. We also started our indigenous and medicine garden and set up our earthworm farms and started composting. Quite a lot has happened since then: from landscaping and prepping self-composting beds to starting nurseries and making liquid fertilizers – even growing some food! Our garden is situated between two long…

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