Sustainable Living – From Earth to plate

August 23rd, 2018

Whether you live in a flat, or sprawling mansion, you can grow your own food, and become more sustainable. In this workshop Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School will show you how to establish a vegetable garden, be it a patio or hanging garden, or something more substantial. We’ll give you tips on compost making, water wise irrigation and where to get the best heirloom seeds. In addition we’ll talk about seasonal crops and crop rotation.

In recognition of our gardens, the Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School Food Gardens ar recognised as one of Slow Foods Gardens of Africa. During the workshop we will take you through an extensive tour of the gardens.

Back in the kitchen, we will cook a few seasonal vegetables and give you tips on how to get the most out of the seasonal bounty. Subjects covered will include:

  • How to establish a vegetable garden, concentrating on planting vegetables for the summer, be it a patio or hanging garden, or something more substantial;
  • Laying out a vegetable garden and preparing planting beds;
  • Making compost and water wise irrigation;
  • Planting seasonal crops and crop rotation, concentrating on summer vegetables.

When: Sunday 16 September starting at 9:30am.

Cost: R690 per person, no children under 16. Included in the price is the rustic 3 course country lunch, and as a bonus, give you a selection of some more hard to come by heirloom seeds and seedlings to start your garden to the value of ±R350.

Where: Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School located on a sustainable working farm, following organic farming philosophies, under 60km from Fourways, Midrand and Pretoria (click here for directions from Fourways). Our philosophy on the farm, as well as the Country Cooking School is “responsible use of sustainable resources.”

Booking: 076 236-2345: cilla@wickedfood.co.za

Vegetable planting for winter

May 4th, 2010


For the Highveld, we are in the winter planting season. If possible, get vegetable seeds into the ground before the first frost, for them to establish themselves. After the first frosts, they will take longer to grow. Before planting, ensure that you have a good base of compost  which will supply nutrients to the plants during the winter growing season.  Standard winter plants include:

  • Allium family – garlic, leeks, onions, shallots
  • Brassica family – broccoli, BrusselS sprouts, Kale, cabbage, cauliflower
  • Roots – carrots, beetroot, parsnips, radishes, turnips
  • Leaves – lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, rocket
  • peas
  • Herbs – coriander, dill, parsley, mint, Winter savory, rosemary, thyme

Tips:

  1. In winter after a heavy frost, pick the lettuce once the leaves have thawed out.
  2. You can eat the leaves of carrots, beetroot and turnips.
  3. Turnip leaves are one of the most nutritious leaves to eat. They contain vitamins A, C and K and folate plus the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.  Since turnips are a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, turnips may act against several cancers such as colon, lung, prostate and stomach cancer. Use young leaves in a salad, or stir fry, or cook with onion and tomato.

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