Grow Guide: How to Grow Carrots Successfully in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


The carrot ((Daucus Carota) is an ideal vegetable for production whether you have a large farm, small farm or backyard garden.

Carrots do not take up a lot of space, are high yielding and fast growing.  They are also popular with consumers for their taste and versatility.

 They come in a variety of shapes from round, or finger-shaped, to conical, or elongated. They also come in a wide range of colours including the common orange, yellow, white and purple.

The carrot is cool-weather loving, root vegetable. A cool season vegetable is one that grows best when the air and soil temperatures are cool. It can endure warm weather but does better in cool weather. It is a member of the Apiaceae family which includes parsley, celery, coriander and dill.

The Beginner's Guide to Raising Pigs in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A female farmer raising pigs in Zimbabwe

Oh pigs, the other white meat.

We get a lot of questions from new and aspiring farmers wanting to raise pigs. They mostly come from people who have watched Kundai's Zimbabwe Farmer Union (ZFU) profile video where she shares how she grew an existing indoor pig operation on our family's farm in Ruwa. The number one question we get asked is can and should I raise pigs.

Pests and Disease: How to Control Armyworms in Maize

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

There are widespread media reports that the armyworm is threatening this season's maize production in many maize growing regions of Zimbabwe. The government has disbursed insecticides to some areas to prevent widespread crop failure. The same pest has already caused a national crisis in Zambia. We have received requests from emerging farmers asking for information on how to handle the armyworms in their maize. Instead of responding individually we thought it would be helpful to share information broadly here to help reduce major crop losses from our country's most important food crop.

Let's begin.

What is the Fall Armyworm (FAW)?

The armyworm is a destructive crop pest. The moth hatches a caterpillar which feeds on cereals such as maize. The caterpillars are about 3-4 cm long and have a velvety black shiny head with an inverted V-shaped mark on the head and white stripes along their sides and the back. They are called armyworms because they march in large numbers from the grass onto crops and can destroy entire fields of cereal crops such as maize, sorghum, and millet.

The other English name for the armyworm is the black worm.The local language names for the armyworm are imhogoyi or mhundururu.

Top 27 Crops You Can Grow in Spring/ Summer in Zimbabwe

Monday, December 5, 2016

Top 27 Crops to Grow in Spring/Summer in Zimbabwe

 One of the challenges you face as an emerging farmer is deciding what to grow on your farm. It’s a topic we get asked about a lot. 

Please don’t copy what other farmers are doing without first understanding why they doing it. Even if you copy something that is working for another farmer, it doesn't necessarily mean it will work for you. They may have farming experience, soil, climate or a market that you don't have. Sometimes you end up copying a farmer who also doesn’t know what they are doing. 

How to Start a Farm: Soil 101

Thursday, November 24, 2016

"It all starts with the soil."

That is what they say in organic farming. It's true even in conventional farming because soil doesn't simply hold your plants, it also supports them. Success in farming is largely dependent on the quality of your soil.

Unfortunately years of unsustainable agriculture practices have degraded the soil in many parts of the country and continent turning it into dust. The soil is now out of balance and unable to provide plants the conditions that they need to survive. So what has caused this you ask? Damaging things like planting the same crops in the same fields year after year, using too much fertilizer, tilling excessively, working wet soil and cutting down trees.

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