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Non-green fingered people can garden too!

I finally realized that I can be a gardener too, thanks to the great team @ livingseeds. If you have not bought the autumn/winter package for beginners, then do it now. My winter veggies are well on their way already! And my neighbours who received a package from me, used it to have bonding time with their toddler. As for the more exotic stuff - that is so much fun! I cannot tell you how many people are totally amazed at the interesting things growing in my garden, eg. jelly melons. I probably will never buy seeds anywhere else again.


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Hantie de Beer

Thank you

Thank you very much, it is fantastic that there are people like you who care so much for the good way of life. It is a rare quality.


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Sharone

Growing Side by Side

Our move to a the country six years ago coincided with reading about living and eating ethically, seasonally and locally and my discovery of Living Seeds. Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to follow our dream of living as self sufficiently and sustainably as we can. Living Seeds have been there every step of the way with your predictably reliable seeds and exciting varieties of heirloom options. I have found your personal touch through emails, newsletters, online advice and now the catalogue such a source of helpful information on this journey. As I have grown from a place of complete city ignorance to almost completely living off the veggies we grow it has also been a delight to see your business grow into something that we South Africans can truly be proud of.


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Cath Wood

Thanks Thanks Thanks

Hey Sean, thank you for what you do Livingseeds is a resource that we rely on for great seeds and service to match. We have consistently found that your seeds have a higher germination than any others that we have bought locally. Keep up the good work, we need you.


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Michael V

Spectacular information and service

We are just absolutely flabbergasted...our 1st ever parcel arrived on Monday and boy were we surprised!!! All I can say is "Well Done!" Your packaging and information you provide with your seeds have FAR exceeded our expectations! We are looking forward to ordering from you again!! Now, off to plant those seeds ;-)


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Lauren

Chillie seeds

Vir die beste diens,aflewering,verpakking en saad kwaliteit sal ek "Livingseeds" enige tyd enige plek aanbeveel!Ek het 3 pakkies ghost chillies bestel,geplant en sonder moeite sit ek met baie nuwe plantjies.Ek het by ander plekke ook bestel en niemand kon naby julle uitstekende diens en kwaliteit kom nie!Baie dankie ek wardeur! Pieter Pretoria


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pieter

Great service

I am not a big user at the moment but will become one now that I am on a farm. Would like to say that I have all ways had good and friendly service. Thankyou Everall


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E Taljaard

Bhut Jolika

I planted some Bhut Jolika seeds late December 2012, phoned Sean on a regular basis wanting to know why my seeds were not germinating. As stated on the website, these are difficult seeds to germinate which was confirmed when doing my own research on the web. After two weeks I closed my Tupperware container where the seeds trays were in and decided to give it up as a bad job and order a new batch of seeds. On 20 Feb 2013 I decided to open the container to clean it out to prepare for my new batch, to my surprise I was greeted by 20 one inch seedlings, two months after planting, fantastic. I myself work with customers but never have I met anyone as patient a Sean. Thanks Again, I will always support you. Daan Wentzel Pretoria Gauteng


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Daan Wentzel

Budding Gardeners

Thanks to livingseeds.co.za my family have become enthusiastic gardeners. We, kids included, always look forward to receiving our orders and getting the seeds going and the excitement of seeing the first little leaves pop up causes a lot of competition amongst us at home :-) We have successfully harvested our own crops and are now eating veggies that we previously never liked - but if we grow them, we eat them - that's the rule. Thank you for helping my family enjoy our garden and for introducing us to a whole range of edibles that we would not have previously bought. Well done on a superb product!


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Dayan du Plooy

Thank you

If the country was run the way Livingseeds is run, we would all be living in paradise. Thank you for your diligence and superb service. I can't get enough of Livingseeds.co.za. Can't wait for all of the new varieties you spoke of in this month's newsletter. Be blessed.


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Emile van Coller

Emile Theart

Livingseeds.co.za and Selfsustainable.co.za has become 2 of my most visited sites. I've ordered 3 batches of seeds and the service has always been of the highest standard. The addition of the seed Info bar is a game changer and like Anna Mouton I find myself picking up the catalogue again and again. I firmly believe that heirloom seeds and micro/urban food cultivation is the only way to create sustainable and long lasting food security. Thanks to Sean and the entire LivingSeeds team.


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Emile Theart

Great Service

This was my first purchase from you and I would like to commend you on your website and your service and have been recommending Living Seeds to my friends and family. Will gladly use Living Seeds for future seed purchases.


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Eugene S

Tanya

Love love love your site! Last year we tried our hand at growing a big variety of heirloom veg (especially tomatoes) and some white oyster mushrooms... What a success everything was! I ordered some sprouting seeds for the first time last week friday, and by this week thursday I already have sprouts that I can eat!!! What a great turnaround time ;-) keep up the good work!


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Tanya

Best service and selection!

I just love your chilli/pepper collection! Keep the hot ones coming! And thank you for the super, super service. This is definitely my go-to seed store. Warm regards, Chantelle


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Chantelle Kerr

Catalogue for bedtime reading

I have been impressed with everything about Livingseeds since the first time I discovered their website. However, their catalogue takes the Livingseeds experience to a whole new level. It is outstanding. I found myself reading it with happy anticipation of future vegetable growing. Thanks to Sean and his team!


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Anna Mouton

I love Livingseeds!

I am so impressed with the quality of seeds, and your extensive collection of seeds. Love the catalog and will be placing another order soon!


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Belinda Coram

Yay - Successful potatoes

After loosing 90% of my potatoes to moles every year I planted my Living Seeds potatoes in my old dogfood bags and really looked after them. The tops have all died down and I can harvest each bag as I need them for myself I have just unearthed my third bag. What a joy to find plump healthy potatoes again in each bag. Living seeds advice as to how to harvest them when the skins are firm and not washing them all immediately is something I would never have been aware of.


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Companion Planting

Companion Planting (Allelopathy) is based on the principle that certain plants can attract or repel insects or provide beneficial support to other plants. It can also work the other way around where one plant can be detrimental to anothers growth.

Scientists scoff at the the gardener that practises allelopathy and say that we are wasting our time. However they are quick to mention scientific marvels like the downwind tannin response in Acacia spp when grazed by herbivores.

Think of it a bit like plant body odour, either it's attractive or it's disgusting.... that in a nutshell is companion planting. Some plants have a good BO, others have a great BO and still others are downright disgusting!

This is not a bad thing, one must just learn to work with nature and use the plants to their best advantage.

Below is a comprehensive list of companion plants. Beneficial companions are Listed in Green and Detrimental are bracketed in Red

 

Apples                                 Chives, nasturtiums, Garlic, Onions (grasses and potatoes)

Apricots                                Basil, Tansy and garlic  (tomatoes)

Asparagus                           Parsley, basil, lettuce, peppers and tomato

Basil                                      All vegetables and herbs esp, tomatoes, and most fruit trees.

Beans (Runner)                  Potato, corn, lettuce, eggplant, cucumber, strawberry, celery, carrots, cauliflower, radish and spinach.

                                               (onions, garlic, leeks, chives, fennel)

Beans (Dwarf/Bush)          Swiss Chard, beetroot, potatoes (onions, garlic, leeks, chives, fennel)

Beans (Broad)                      Potatoes, Sweetcorn  (onions, garlic, leeks, chives, fennel)

Beetroot                               Dwarf beans, garlic, chives, onions, lettuce, spinach and swiss chard

Borage                                  Strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce

Brinjals/Eggplants              Beans (Runner and Bush), echinacea, peppers and lettuce

Broccoli                                 Onions, echinacea, nasturtiums, leeks and celery  (Rue, tomatoes, strawberries)

Brussells Sprouts              Potatoes, echinacea, nasturtiums (Rue, tomatoes, strawberries)

Cabbage                               Beans, beetroot, celery, echinacea, most herbs, onions and potatoes.

                                                (Rue, tomatoes, strawberries)

Carrot                                    Peas, leeks, lettuce, radish, onions, and chives

Cauliflower                          Celery, beans, echinacea, cabbage, onions and leeks (Rue, tomatoes, strawberries)

Celery                                    Tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, onions, garlic and beans.

Chamomile                           Everything, but does really well with Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts,

                                                broccoli, onions, leeks and chives.

Chervil                                   Dill, coriander, carrots and radish.

Chillies/Peppers                 Cucumber, echinacea, pumpkins, marrows, lovage, bush beans and lettuce

Chives                                    Parsley, Apples, Carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and brinjals 

Coriander                             Dill, Chervil, Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower. (Fennel)

Corn/mielies                        Lettuce, peppers, pumpkins, cucumber, runner beans and peas

Cucumber                             Radish, lettuce, beans, peas and artichokes 

Dill                                          Carrots, tomatoes, brinjals, peppers, cabbage, fennel and coriander.

Echinacea                            Peppers, brinjals, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

Fennel                                   Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cucumbers.

                                               (tomatoes, beans, coriander, dill)

Garlic                                     Apples, peaches, nectarines, apricots, almonds, tomatoes and swiss chard.

                                               (Peas, beans, cabbage, strawberries)

Grapes                                  Basil, hyssop, sage and tansy.

Hyssop                                 Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower.

Kohlrabi                                Beetroot, swiss chard, leeks, chives and onions.

Leeks                                    Cabbage, celery, onion and celeriac

Lettuce                                 Beetroot, strawberry, radish and corn

Lovage                                  Most plants, but particularly peppers and all beans.

Marigolds                             Everything! 

Marrows (All)                       Parsley, tomato, swiss chard, spinach, squash, corn and capsicum 

Melons                                  Corn /mielies and nasturtiums

Mint                                        Cabbage and tomato  (parsley)

Nasturtiums                        Apples, Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, turnips, cucumber,

                                               melons, marrows, pumpkins and radish.

Onion                                     Lettuce, cabbage and carrots

Oregano                               Strawberries, peppers, beans, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips.

Parsley                                 Tomato, asparagus, carrot, strawberries, beans and mint

Peaches                               Basil, tansy and garlic

Peas                                      Cucumber, radish, turnips, corn, carrots and beans (onions, garlic, leeks, chives)

Peppers/Chillies                 Cucumber, echinacea, pumpkins, marrows, lovage, bush beans and lettuce

Potatoes                               Cucumber, sunflower, beans (all), peas and nasturtiums (tomatoes, brinjals, pumpkins)

Pumpkins                             Corn/mielies and runner beans (potatoes, other pumpkins)

Radish                                    Peas, lettuce and nasturtium

Rue                                          Tomatoes. (Basil)

Sage                                       Carrots, strawberries, grapes, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips

                                                 (basil, rue, wormwood)

Savory                                    Tomatoes, beans (all) onions, garlic, leeks, chives.

Shallots                                  Carrots, beetroot and mint

Spinach                                  Strawberry and most plants

Strawberry                            Borage, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard and bush beans

Swiss Chard                         Onions, beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, strawberries and turnips

Tansy                                       Peaches, apricots, almonds, nectarines, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips

Thyme                                     Cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi and turnips

Tomatoes                               Asparagus, celery, echinacea, parsley, basil, carrots, onions, garlic, chives and leeks.

                                                  (rosemary, potatoes, apricots, peaches, almonds and dill)

Turnips                                    Peas, broad beans and nasturtiums.

 

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