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Why is RnS Moving to

Google had brought out an algorithm update in May 2017. With previous updates like Panda or Penguin, Mr G had penalized blogs or websites with low quality content and those more focused on aggressive adverts (including multiple ads or pop-up ads in articles). However, many blogs/websites that weren't shady got penalized beyond recovery too and a lot of people lost their income. The May 2017 update has had wide-scale effect on blogs and websites, but without any explanation from Mr G as to why or what it does. RnS has been hit by it too and hard. RnS organic search stats (i.e. users from Google) have dropped by 75% since. Even though RnS is not a source of income, I tried to figure out why RnS is being culled. It seems that it doesn't really have anything to do with RnS per se, but likely because RnS is FREE and not paying for page ranking (via AdWords or Ad Ranking). Now it is likely being aggressively shoved to lower page rankings to accommodate the paid ads.

I cannot rely on Mr G anymore to get RnS' content where it is needed. So I am busy moving RnS to Wordpress where you can find me as Whisker Flowers @

I am also imposing 301 redirects from already moved posts and pages!

- The Shroom - (AKA Whisker Flowers)

Index & Info

Please check this page regularly for updates 

Feel free to browse and leave comments or ideas at the end of the articles. And questions are welcome too!

Blog Pages:

Home – displays series of articles. This focuses on how to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. The topics include;

  1.      Vegetables
  2.      Fruits
  3.      Herbs
  4.      Insects and other creepy crawlies
  5.      Diseases, disorders & pests
  6.      How to raise chickens: The C Files
Here is the score chart I use for the 'How to Grow' profiles;

Links to articles are below

About - A quick summary of where I am, what I do and what this blog is about.

Edibles – Botanical definitions of fruits and vegetables

Composting – Nutrition values for certain composting food additions and kitchen food as compost

Garden Guidelines – Guidelines that apply to all vegetable and fruits all year round

Garden Helpers – Overview of the animal kingdom and where each of the animals found in the garden fit and how they help to maintain your vegetable garden

Pest Control – Photos of prominent pests or diseases of the vegetable garden and environmentally friendly recipes for the control of these pests and diseases

Soil – Information on soil profiles around the world and which are preferable for agriculture and vegetable gardens

Watering – Hints and Tips on water collection and storage

Wormery – The low down on keeping earthworms for compost production

References – Useful books and websites for gardeners and chicken keepers alike

Nurseries & Suppliers – List of nurseries and suppliers of garden and chicken essentials/products. Includes contact details (websites if available) and addresses.

Article Series: Profiles & articles arranged from newest-older

1) Vegetables
            Common (Green) Bean
            Winter Leafy Veg
            Sweet Potato
            Vegetable garden Myths &Truths
            Carrot & Carrot Revisited

2) Fruits
            Tamarillo (Tree tomato)
            Squash & Pumpkin

3) Herbs
            Curry tree
            Bay Laurel
            Lemon Grass

4) Garden Critters (Biological Control)
            Praying Mantis
            King Crickets AKA Parktown Prawns

5) Pests
            Fruit Fly
            Scale Insects
            Eggplant Rust
            Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

6) The C Files: How to raise chickens
            Egg production
            Layers & Nesting
            Housing and Coops
            Reasons for Keeping Chickens
            Feed & Water
            Our Chickens: SISTAS IN DA COOP

7) Solar Power in South Africa
            Part 1: How to go off grid permanently (The System Set-up)
            Part 2: Living with Solar in Gauteng, South Africa (Batteries)
            Part 3: Solar Power in South Africa - Solar & Seasonality (Solar in winter)
            Part 4: Solar Power in South Africa - Capacity, Design & Back-up (System management)

Other articles: Quick infomative titbits (In Order New-Older)

Sustainable, Productive & Economical Vegetable Gardening
            Part 1: Vegetables Worth Growing
            Part 2: Conservation Agriculture
            Part 3: Integrated Organic Gardening
            Part 4: Vegetable Garden Planting Guide & Management

           Bees for Jam: Restaurant bee feeding
           Sci-fi Beehives: Smartphones & Hives on Tap
           South African Bees in Trouble: American Foulbrood Disease
           Bee Colony Failure: SLS Model
           Honey Bee Parasite: Colony Collapse Disorder

           Belenois aurota: The Little White Butterfly
           Insectary: Beneficial Insects and the Garden Security Force
           House Wasp: Beneficial Insect Homes
           Cicadas: The Aliens are Amongst Us!

Animals & WildLife
           Friends of Free Wildlife: The New FreeMe
           Something Special: Sunbirds & Spiderwebs
           Bushveld Safari: In the Backyard
           Wildlife rescue: Look what the Cat dragged in...
           Whisker Flowers: Cat in a Pot Plant    
           Bird deterrent: DIY Bird Deterrent
           Dangers of Snail Bait: Please don't use Snail Bait

Recipes & Preserving Methods
            Glut and Famine: How to deal with Excess and Lean Months

           Orchids: 2010 Exhibition
           Bonsai: 2007 Exhibition          

Online Conferences
           Grow Your Own Food Summit 2014: 7-14 July
           Food Growing & Whole Earth Summits 2014: Free Online Conferences
           Food Revolution Summit 2014: 26 April - 4 May

Vegetable Gardening
           New Year Post: International Events & Garden Update 2017
           New Year Post: International Events & Garden Update 2016
           New Year Post: International Events & Garden Update 2015
           Revisited: Lunar Gardening & Biodynamics
           Garlic x Onion Hybrids: Monsters, ganions and onlic
           Penny Royal: The Living Mulch
           Rooting Hormone: Natural Alternatives
           New Year Post: International Events & Garden Update for 2014
           Lunar Gardening: Planting by the Phases of the Moon
           Garden Talk: Herbs, Bulbs & Flowers - Margaret Roberts
           Garden Talk: Jane Griffiths & Growing Your Own Food               
           About a vegetable garden: Vegetable garden Myths & Truths
           Vegetable weeds: Makin' Weeds of Pumpkin Seeds

Compost & Bio-fertilisation
           Kitchen scraps: How to use around in house & garden
           Biofertilisers: Living Mulches & Edible Legumes
           Soil Care : Instant Compost
           Green Manures: Cover Crops & Chicken Green Forage

Weather & Seasons
           Weather Report: 2015/2016
           Drought Gardening: Lessons from El Nino
           Winter Blues: Wires cross & signals lost 2015
           Weather Report: 2014/2015 
           Season Lore: For the Southern Hemisphere
           South Africa: Climate & Hardiness Zones  
           Weather Report: 2013/2014
           Winter Vegies: Winter Vegetable Garden

News Alerts
           Drought Angels SA: Boere in Nood, Farmers in Distress & Water Shortage SA
           Guest Blog: An Introduction to the Soil Micro-Ecosystem
           Earthquake hits Central South Africa!

Roots 'n' Shoots B-day Posts

2012: 1st B-day
2013: 2nd B-day
2014: 3rd B-day
2015: 4th B-day
2016: 5th B-day

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