Agathosma betulina, Buchu (Western Cape's mountainous areas)
The broad leaves of this 2m high plant have conspicuous oil glands and the small, star-shaped flowers are white or pale purple.Medicinal properties: stomach pain, wounds, antibiotic protection, rheumatism and as a treatment of urinary and kidney diseases.Parts used: leaves (infusions or chewed whole).
Pests cause damage to the garden with biting and chewing or sucking mouthparts and should be controlled. The different pesticides poison by means of (1) acting through the stomach, (2) direct contact or (3) inhalation.
Be very careful when working with pesticides, they are poisonous and should be respected. Keep in a safe place, work with protective clothing and wear a proper respirator.
Growing your own Vegetables
However much space you have available for a vegetable garden, home-grown crops can be produced successfully, if you provide the correct conditions. The size should depend on the family's needs and the water consumption, time and effort one is willing to dedicate.
Planting veggies in containers:
The most suitable soil mixture will be: 2 parts garden soil, 1 part coarse sand, 1 part compost and an added 60g of super phosphate to every 10L of this soil mixture. Keep beds 1 - 1,5m wide and whatever length is appropriate.
It is advisable to have individual beds for root crops, stem crops, leaf crops and seed crops for rotation purposes. This process of rotating crop-types until they are where they started helps control pests and diseases. Ensure good lighting conditions and wind-protection.
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