Entries by Melissa Baird

Grow your own food in six easy steps

It may seem overwhelming to start growing your own food if it’s something you’ve never tried before. It seems like there are so many different things to consider, like soil type, garden placement, what to plant, how to deal with pests and more. In fact, it may seem so complicated and confusing that you never […]

Planting is for the birds and the bees

By Matthew Koehorst As the weather in South Africa warms and winter passes into spring, spare a moment for the unsung heros of your garden that make sure you’re beautiful decorative and edible plants are pollinated and reproducing. Birds, butterflies and bees and other pollinators are vital components to any healthy ecosystem and your garden is no exception. Pollinators […]

Growing vegetables in small spaces:

By Matthew Koehorst If you live in an urban center, chances are you don’t have too much space available for gardening. However, there is still a lot of potential to keep your fingers green and produce a supplementary amount of vegetables to support your fresh vegetable requirements. To garden successfully on a balcony or small space it is […]

Hemp, hemp hooray…

Does this simple plant that has over 50 000 uses have the solutions to resource depletion, low housing, fuel, food security and nutrition? It was just 80 years ago that hemp was hijacked out of its role as an abundant, multi faceted resource and in its place the world turned to timber, fossil fuels and chemical products to serve […]

Croc E Moses – Driftword

The flame series imprint was created in order to give place to “cutting-edge, ground breaking works of high merit and originality which move beyond the scope of the traditional.” Driftword ticks all those boxes and then some, as this book is given added life by a CD of the spoken words and music that Hendrik Brand – aka- […]

Sugar Free

Sugar Free 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction – Karen Thomson & Kerry Hammerton with Dietician Tamzyn Campbell – Foreword by Professor Tim Noakes I was very keen to get my hands on this book because I have realised what a sugar nut I am. Hot on the heels of the Banting diet […]

The Bushman Winter Has Come

The Bushman Winter has come – Paul John Myburgh The True Story of The Last Band of /Gwikwe Bushmen on the Great Sand Face The author spent seven years with the “People of the Great Sand Face” spiritually and physically immersed in their way of living; observing as he did the community dynamics, the simple yet profound […]

James Lovelock – A Rough Ride to the Future

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it.” –Edward P. Morgan Unconventional from the very beginning James Lovelock has been responsible for the significant Gaia theory that had him ridiculed for decades. But that sort of treatment did not stop Galileo so why should it have prevented him from […]