Vegetable planting guide – part 1: Spinach

Agriculture is not only limited to commercial farming units. In fact, the majority of agricultural products in Africa are produced by small-scale and emerging farmers. If...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 2: Growing cabbage

Whether you are a commercial vegetable farmer, subsistence farmer, emerging farmer, or just an avid gardener who wants to learn to grow his own vegetables, there are cert...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 3: Carrots and green beans

Carrots Origin and distribution Carrots are believed to have originated in Afghanistan, which remains the centre of diversity of D. carota. They were known to the Gre...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 4: Peanuts

Nuts and legumes are very good alternative sources of protein that can be utilised in areas where meat is not readily available or too expensive to buy. Cultivating and s...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 5: Soya beans

Soya beans are healthful and rich in protein, giving them numerous nutritional uses. People can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of s...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide – Part 6: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable. Crunchy and mild, it works as both a supplement and a substitute for many dishes. Growing cauliflower is very similar to growing ca...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 7: Dry beans

Dry beans are an ecologically sound foodstuff in today’s world. Dry beans are one of the easiest crops to produce organically. Dry beans are an excellent source of prot...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 8: Tomatoes

Everybody knows tomatoes. Tomatoes are normally big, round, edible, pulpy berries that are often red in colour but may also be yellow, orange, green, or purple. Tomato...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 9: Sunflowers

The sunflower, Helianthus annus L., is one of the few crop species that can be traced back to North America, despite reports that it originated in the Fertile Crescent, ...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 10: Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, vitamin E, C and B6, as well as iron and potassium. Orange types are also high in vitamin A. The high carbohydrate content is a ...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 11: Beetroot

Beetroot or beets, as they are known in other parts of the world, is a versatile vegetable, known for its rich, dark red colour and sweet taste when consumed raw. Beet...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 12: Peeling the layers off onion farming

Evidence suggests that onions have been part of the human diet for over 5 000 years. This means that it may have been one of the first cultivated crops. Knowing this, a q...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 13: Potatoes

Mashed, fried, or roasted; there is nothing quite like the versatility of the potato. These starchy vegetables are a staple for many people across the globe, ranking as t...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 14: Learn bit-by-bit how to grow cucurbits

A cucurbit is any plant from the Cucurbitaceae family. These plants are climbing or trailing plants and include squash, pumpkin, gourd, watermelon, melon, cantaloupe, cuc...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 15: How to start with Swiss chard

Swiss chard can easily be confused with spinach. This is because these green, leafy vegetables only differ slightly in appearance: Swiss chard has bigger, broader leaves ...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable production Part 16: Let’s ring the bell (pepper)

Bell peppers, sweet peppers or just good old peppers, these vegetables are jam packed with nutrients. Red peppers contain 300% the daily re­quirement of Vitamin C — si...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read

Vegetable production part 17: Turning a new leaf with African leafy vegetables

Lerotho, Bangala, Spider flower, Delele, Jew’s mallow and kale are all part of the African leafy vegetables that can be commercially grown. These plants also help fight...

22 Jul 2022 · < 1 min read