5 Tips for Getting Started with Urban Farming in Zimbabwe

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Urban farming in Zimbabwe

Many households in Zimbabwe do some type of backyard gardening. Most people typically grow rape (kale) or maize. 

There's really is no reason why more urban and suburban residents don’t grow some of their own fruit and/or vegetables in their backyards.

Growing your own food in your backyard gives you access to delicious, homegrown food. I love harvesting tomatoes when they have been left to ripen on the vine. When I pick them it's at the peak of their flavour. Cooking with these fresh tomatoes gives my food so much flavour.

Oyster Mushrooms in Shona

Friday, February 19, 2016

On one of my whatsapp groups  there was a debate on the local name for the oyster mushrooms. I have been asking different people and I have narrowed it down to the final two that no one can seem to agree on. So oyster mushrooms in Shona is either uzutwe or nharamutanda. With the flexibility of our local languages and the different dialects it is possible that both words are right. I would still like to know from someone who is knowledgeable which  is the right term (if either of them) and what source they used to verify it. I would appreciate your help. Thanks!


How to Grow, Harvest and Market Garlic in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

garlic farming in Zimbabwe

Garlic takes its name from the words gar (spear) and leac (leak) because of its sharp, tapering leaves. We generally tend to think of garlic as only one type; the type that we see in the supermarket.  Yet they are over 200 varieties of garlic.

So, why grow garlic?

Although it is a labour intensive crop, it is easy to grow and unlike most vegetables, it stores well. It is great for commercial farmers as well as urban farmers. Garlic demand is also rising as more consumers appreciate its flavour and many health benefits.

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