Niel van Zyl

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Hi Carl, could you please show us a photo of what your mulcher looks like??
4 years ago
This is a useful idea, thanks Casie. Hopefully as i build the soil health with compost they will move in by themselves?
4 years ago
Hi guys,

Does anyone have experience in working with yellow and black striped olive beetles? I am working to resurrect an olive grove in South Africa that is infested with them, and my intention is to manage it organically. Have started pruning and spraying neem-oil. It's helping a bit but the beetles are still around. I will be focusing on building up the soil health and nutrition for the trees in the coming months/years, but what should I spray in the meantime that could help??
4 years ago
Thank you for these posts Carl, its very exciting and inspiring to see what your doing! I am hoping to do/experiment along the same lines---we have about 2 hectares under Frantoio, Coratina and Mission outside Magaliesburg, and I am trying to think of ways in which to transition to the kind of cover-crops you mentioned. Could you please tell me more about the black plastic you used (and maybe even photos if you can?)---where did you get the plastic? My intention is to also introduce Acacias and Lucern trees as well. Would love to have planted nut and/or fruit trees between the olives, but we share the land with monkeys and baboons, so I am still trying to figure out what would be left alone (besides lemons)...
4 years ago
Dear fellow Permies/Comrades,

I am moving to a farm outside Magaliesburg, South Africa, and the area has MUCHO baboons and monkeys. I found the  thread on "Monkey Menace" very useful (https://permies.com/t/11411/critters/Monkey-menace) and have decided to build a caged vegetable garden. I am now wondering which crops I can get away with planting outside the cage... I know they are not interested in garlic, olives or lemons. What other edibles could I plant outside the cage??

thanks in advance!

4 years ago