Planting 101

The advantages of picking the right planting times ▪Picking the right planting tome is one of the most important decisions you will make when it comes to crop farming because it is the time when the seed or seedlings are placed in the ground to establish the crop. If there is poor establishment, yield potential is immediately limited.  Factors to consider are: 1. The time of planting ▪The time of planting has a major effect on the yield of a Read More …

Problematic Nursery Diseases

Damping off➡ “Is a soil-borne fungal disease that affects seeds and new seedlings, damping off usually refers to the rotting of stem and root tissues at and below the soil surface. In most cases, infected plants will germinate and come up fine, but within a few days they become water-soaked and mushy, fall over at the base and die” (Planet Natural Research Center, 2018). In order to get rid of these, it’s important to treat the nursery bed either by soil solarization, formalin solution or Read More …

Utilizing Cultural Practices to improve your Tomato yield.

by. W. Nyamufukudza Cultural Practices have been used for many years to improve productivity. Below we look at how we can use some of these practices to improve tomato quality and quantity. 1. Mulching: Mulching is the practice of using a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth. It is done where temperatures are normally high. It prevents excess evaporation. It is not encouraged in humid areas because it encourages disease occurrence. Mulching can assist in the Read More …