I be The Shroom. Here I have regular posts on how to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. I have several article series of vegetable profiles, biological control via insects, chicken keeping, home composting and whatever else I come across to share with you!
I am situated in South Africa, Roodepoort. South Africa is an semi-arid to arid landscape with many different biomes. We also sport the world heritage site of the Fynbos (Afrikaans, a native language & my mother tongue, for "fine bush"), which is an endemic shrubland of the Cape Peninsula - Famous for the majestic Proteas.
|Roodepoort South Africa|
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Cape Town South Africa
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Roodepoort, however, is well within the Highveld region of South Africa. Thus my garden gets rain during the spring & summer months (Sep-Mar), which is a measly 700-800mm per year. Autumn (Apr-May) and winter (June -Aug) is relatively cold and very dry. In SA, water is precious and electricity very expensive, so we only use rainwater and grey water for the vegetable garden. Nothing powered by electricity is used in the vegetable garden - only elbow grease J I try to keep all pest and disease control to biological and organic (green) methods. The same goes for composting, fertilising and soil maintenance.
|South Africa's Climate Zones: Today, Tomorrow|
International Green Building Conference and Exhibition
Future Trends and Issues Impacting on the Built Environment
D. C. U. Conradie 2012 (CSIR data 2010)
|Ooh! Very blue - sorry 'bout that - an old cellphone photo from 2008!!!|
My approach to vegetable gardening is much the same as my approach to science - TRY EVERYTHING and see what works. So I have made my way through most of the vegetable types and cultivars available on the South African market.
I first experiment, then report back - this means that I generally publish "How To Grow Profiles" once every two months. These are substantial full articles between 3-5 A4 pages with just about everything I can get to put into the article - complete with photos to boot! I am trying to do a few smaller tidbit articles that are no more than 2 A4 pages (but I can't seems to help myself when it comes to research )... The Index and Info page will give you quick links to all my articles.
I cover a wide range of topics and am not just restricted to vegetable gardening. I have a large collection of botanical prints of herbs, vegetables and fruits featured on my posts. I have posts/pages on keeping chickens, composting, propagation, pruning, attracting wildlife to the garden (beneficial insects), biological pest control, water conservation, sustainable practises, books read, the exhibitions & talks I attended, and when the opportunity arises I'll introduce you to the world of Genetics and Molecular Science.
Me on the Web
You can find me on several places around the internet. Here are the most prominent:
This is a gardening forum where we share ideas and knowledge about gardening whilst we enjoy each others gardens.
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If you want to see my recent plantings and doings in the garden; then check out my profile @ MyFolia.
Project Noah is something we all should join and support. It is supported by National Geographic and has been established to document biodiversity on a global scale. They welcome all 'citizen scientists' from novices to seasoned experts. All information and photos will become freely available to the public and contributions will be used for research purposes (as is the point of the site). You can find me here, with all my unknown and cryptic insects from the vegetable garden. Contributions can be made regarding all wildlife: Plants, mammals, fish, arthropods, birds, mushrooms, reptiles, amphibians, pets and anything else you come across. If you don't know the identity then enlist the help of others from around the world in identifying the plants or animals (insects) you find in your world.
|© Project Noah, Networked Organisms|
Twitter & Pinterest
Yes, I the social-network impaired have decided to open a twitter page for Roots 'n' Shoots! Here I will post links to my latest blog posts and some other things I might find interesting but won't necessarily feature on my blog. You are more than welcome to Follow me here as I am sure this is a much more convenient medium for many people to stay ahead of what is happening with life.
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|See what I am up to on Pinterest!|
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- The Shroom -