Down in Cape Town, with severe drought conditions persisting, you may have chosen not to plant anything over the last few months and we totally understand. Coupled with this, we have noticed a crazy amount of caterpillars in food gardens in recent weeks – best way to deal with these is getting out there with your head torches after dark and see what you find – you’ll be surprised!
If you’ve been able to keep on top of watering with a grey water system, well point or borehole, then with any luck you’ll still be harvesting courgettes, tomatoes, lettuces and peppers.
Moving into the cooler months, we’ve been on the case with planting that wonderful companion Nasturtium into and around all our food gardens. Along with bush pea, radish and broad bean varieties, we are sowing these directly into the soil. Seedlings to plant at the moment include beetroot, leeks, onions and celery. If you can get your hands on some potatoes, it might not be a bad idea to give these a go too.
Of course all the usual suspects are possible too including spinach, lettuce, basil and coriander. We’d be keen to hear what you’ve been planting and for those of you up in Jozi or anywhere else in the north if SA, we’d love to hear what you’re getting up to! Drop in on us on Facebook here, or reply to this blog!
Here’s hoping your garden is abundant over the coming months!
The OG team