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Gimme some soil…


I live in Edgemead and I need to buy soil for raised beds and plants – various herbs, vegetables will go into these beds. Where can I get good quality soil from?


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Companion Container Gardening

Each container in a container garden can support more than one variety of plant successfully, under the right conditions. This is true for container grown flowers or vegetables, and when it comes to the latter form of plant life, companion planting will yield more vegetables in smaller spaces, plus the right companion plantings enhance vegetable flavor and act as natural pest controls.

Bigger Is Better

When growing a container garden, bigger containers are better. Bigger containers mean the plants can grow deeper roots and require less frequent watering. Bigger containers also mean more room for companion planting.

Perfect Partners

When planting more than one variety of plant in a container, choose the partners carefully to make sure their soil, sun and water needs are compatible. Don’t plant a mixed pot of thirsty plants with plants that are drought tolerant.

An example of perfect partners for container grown vegetables is a tomato plant, oregano, basil and a dwarf marigold. All the plants have the same soil, sun and water needs. The oregano and basil will enhance the tomato flavor while the fruit is growing and the dwarf marigold looks pretty while it acts as a natural pest deterrent for the tomato plant. If the container is not large enough to support the growth of all four plants, plant the tomato and just one of the other plant choices.

Quench The Thirst Without Drowning

Container gardens dry out more rapidly than in-ground gardens and need regular watering. The more companion plants that are planted in the same container, the more often the container will have to be watered. Regular watering are essential for optimum container garden growth of flowers or vegetables. Daily watering in the morning (plants uptake water in the morning) will be needed throughout the growing season.

Containers need to have good drainage, most plants will not tolerate “wet feet” and will drown if the excess water does not drain away. Placing a saucer or plate under a container to catch excess water drainage is not beneficial to the plants in the container and just provides a place for mosquitoes to breed.

Mulch the Containers

Add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil in the containers to keep the soil cool and retain moisture. Mulch will also prevent the occasional hardy weed that attempts to grow in the container garden as well.

Companion planting works just as well in container gardens as it does for in-ground gardens. Use the biggest containers possible, choose the planting partners carefully and water often and the container garden will be a success.


from Jeannine

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2012 Permaculture Courses at Berg en Dal

Hello all,

Please find below all the autumn courses happening at Berg en Dal.

Warm regards,

Berg en Dal

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Self-watering patch.. or sub-irrigated planters

I saw this on the Eco Footprints site and Dani kindly let me cross-post here… This is an ingenious idea especially if you are going away for a while and have to leave the plants at home… mol-d

This past winter I have been busy researching quite a few different growing options.  One of which is a sub-irrigated planter. Given the heat that we normally experience here in summer, together with the fact that we hope to be on the farm for a couple of weeks in December, I thought I’d give them a try – that way hopefully my vegetables wont die when I’m not at our (town) house to give them regular water – we don’t have timed irrigation there like we do on the farm.

So, this is my tutorial on how I made a sub irrigated planter.

Firstly, what I gathered together:

A container (I’ve used a styrofoam box which RSon got from the restaurant where his girlfriend works).  A bucket would work as well.
Enough bases from (in my case) recycled milk bottles, to “line” the base of the container.
A recycled bottle for the water inlet / fill tube

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Urban garden.. located between Terminals 2 & 3?!

This is so great! Urban garden at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

The Aviation Department cut the ribbon on the world’s first aeroponic garden in an airport on Friday. In the G Concourse of Terminal 2 at O’Hare, different varieties of lettuce, hot peppers and herbs are growing. They’re sprouting from 26 towers under special grow lights and using an irrigation system that runs inside the 8-foot tall white structures and recycles the water not absorbed.

Elie Maalouf & Rosemarie Andolino

The harvest, which comes about once a month, will be used in four restaurants at the airport, according to