DR DEBBIE BREDENKAMP

As many of you know, I encourage a home veggie patch with non-gmo veggies as part of my treatment (please see my website) and am even now harvesting and preparing certain tinctures from my own garden - like Dandelion Root. This is an amazing plant with incredible immune benefits and is even playing a role in alternative cancer treatment….

Growing Veggies

Purslane

Dandelion has been used medicinally since ancient times for its various health benefits. However, the most powerful benefit to come out of this common weed is something that medical researchers are super excited to have "discovered" - which is its potential to cure cancer!

Medicine From The Garden

Dandelion

I am loving my veggie patch  and ordering seeds from “Living Seeds” – they stock heirloom seeds that have not been genetically modified in any way.  I just planted ‘strawberry popcorn mielies’ – red mielies that make pink popcornJ. AND I am learning that many weeds are very beneficial to our health – like PURSLANE

If you've ever thought of starting a vegetable garden from scratch then start with this article. It will tell you everything you need to know about starting your first veg plot.

Is your back garden just a waste of space or do you have a few square feet with potential? Are you past the stage of needing a big lawn for football and could you reclaim some of it for vegetable beds? If none of this applies, are there some allotments nearby, or, as a starting point, do you have room for a few big pots on a terrace, balcony or window ledge?

There are few more balancing and rewarding ways to spend an hour or two a week than growing even a few of your own vegetables. Let this be the year when you start to grow your own – it will then almost certainly become a lifetime's habit.


  • The Grand Plan
  • Where Should the Veg Patch go?
  • Clearing the ground
  • Keeping on top of the weeds

Starting a vegetable garden from scratch

Margaret Roberts  Farm– This farm in Hartebeespoort is open to the public on Wednesdays and  on the first Saturday of the month and one can purchase a variety of organically grown vegetable seedlings, berry bushes, herbs and fruit trees at reasonable prices. They offer interesting talks and it is a lovely day out of the city. Visit www.margaretroberts.co.za

If don’t want to or do not have the facility to grow your own organic veg, Wensleydale Farms are organic farmers who offer boxes of organic and seasonal fruit and veggies(and free range chickens and eggs) at a reasonable price. Contact them for orders and to find out where they deliver in your area Website www.wensleydale.co.za  And – if your veggies are attacked by aphids – I stock a remedy called  Cocinella  made from a ladybird – the predator of aphids. Silica terra (a tissue salt) has been shown to strengthen growing plants and increase yield by as much as 30%.

Living Seeds – This couple – Sean and Nicola Freeman, are the custodians of the largest heirloom vegetable seed

collection in South Africa and they are now making their collection available at selected Woolworths stores. You can also order online! Check out their website at www.livingseeds.co.za.

Jane Griffith is an organic gardener with three books available – Jane’s Delicious Garden, Jane’s Delicious Kitchen and Jane’s Delicious Herbs. These books offer step by step advice on planting, growing and harvesting organic veggies together with amazing recipes. You can find her at janesdeliciousgarden.com/

Veggie Patches

There seems to be a move to growing our own vegetables again and I have climbed on the wagon and am having so much fun! It is so rewarding to see the seeds germinate and sprout and then to enjoy home grown and organic produce. I have even found remedies that can be used as insect repellents and that tissue salts work for the growing plants! The trick is to find heirloom seeds which have not been genetically modified. Visit my website for a list of suppliers of these and also some recommended books to get you on your way.