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Keeping gardens healthy

By Rob Symons This is an article I wrote for the Mercury Food and Wine supplement and it also appears in “Verdant Life“. Of all the questions I am asked on the subject of home food gardens the majority are … Continue reading

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The seeds of freedom…

By Rob Symons This is my 40th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. This article also appeared on the site, Verdant Life KwaZulu Natal and the the Eastern Cape are characterised by deep-cut river valleys that flow down to … Continue reading

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Chameleon

I thought I would show these two photos as a follow up to my Nature and nurture post. I picked rocket and herbs for a salad yesterday and while putting the salad together this little guy popped out of the … Continue reading

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New study confirms superiority of organic over conventional tomatoes.

This paper from Brazil has confirmed that organic tomatoes are better. The study found that vitamin C levels were 50% higher in organic tomatoes and that phenols were up to 139% higher. Phenols are thought to be significant in halting … Continue reading

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More wild flowers of Broadleaze

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Wild flowers of Broadleaze

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The bread of life

This is my 21th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. The father of organic farming, Sir Albert Howard, maintained that the single most important factor to maintain the health of the soil is compost. A healthy soil results … Continue reading

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Dionysian orgy of chilli mania

 This is my 20th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. Farming is a serous business. Bills and wages have to be paid and one cannot take ones eye off the ball for a moment, otherwise things will go … Continue reading

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Riding Nature’s Waves

This is my 19th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. I am  writing this column on the first real winters morning. It is seven degrees outside and beautifully crisp. On my daily ritual to open up for the … Continue reading

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A Pest Inside.

This is my 18th article in the Mercury Food and Wine supplement. While browsing the web the other day I came across a label with the following message. “100% Organic, complete with pest inside.” After the initial amusement I started … Continue reading

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