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Passion Fruit

posted Aug 4, 2015, 3:03 AM by Michael Hawthorne

Passion fruit 

Passion fruit are one of the most bountiful backyard plant.

The leaves of passion fruit contain the alkaloids, including Harman, which has blood pressure lowering, sedative and antispasmodic action. The leaves are also used in many countries as medicines.

The flower of passion fruit has a mild sedative and can help to induce sleep. The flower has been used in the treatment of nervous and easily excited children, bronchial asthma, insomnia, nervous gastrointestinal disorders and menopausal problems. Passion flower is sometimes used as a mild hallucinogen.

Read more about passion fruit and adopt the natural shade concept by using a passion fruit plant.


posted Jul 2, 2015, 2:43 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 3:04 AM ]


The cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trellises or other supporting frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit. Cucumbers are usually more than 90% water.

Cucumbers are low in calories and rich in a number of nutrients, making them an excellent nutritional choice. It also has a number of health benefits

Read and learn more on cucumbers 


posted Jul 2, 2015, 2:32 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 2:42 AM ]


Coriander is a herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish or decoration on culinary dishes.

The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflamation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, aneamia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders and blood sugar disorders, while also benefitting eye care.

Read and learn more about Coriander


posted Jun 3, 2015, 6:02 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 3:05 AM ]


Spices is a broad term used to describe herbal by-products that add flavour and aesthetic, aromatic and therapeutic treatments to food, drink and other items. Taken from the leaf, flower, roots, bark or nuts of a plant, spices are usually dried and ground to be mixed with other ingredients. 

Spices are famous worldwide for their ability to addd flavour, aroma and colour to the food. Spices are found to add various flavours of strengths to the food. The flavours found in different varieties of spices are salty, sweet, bold and delicate. They can be used according to the variety of dish being prepared. 

The role of spices and herbs goes beyond cooking.


posted Jun 3, 2015, 5:47 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Jun 3, 2015, 6:05 AM ]


Comfrey is a  perennial herb with a black, turnip like root and large, hairy broad leaves that bears small bell shaped flowers of various colours, typically cream or purplish, which may be striped.

Comfrey is an excellent source of potassium, an essential plant nutrient needed for flower, seed and fruit production. Its leaves contain 2-3times more potassium than farmyard manure, mined from deep in the subsoil, tapping into reserves that would not normally be available to plants.

Comfrey leaves which is highly recommended for external use is used fro healing wounds and broken bones. It is high in Calcium and Vitamin C and stimulates healing activity. Due to its natural concentration of allantoin, it is said to be anti-inflammatory and works quickly in wound healing.

Comfrey doesn't require much care and is very drought tolerant because of the, deep roots, adaptive feature.


posted May 4, 2015, 9:58 PM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 2:57 AM ]


Artemesia is a natural medicine that can be grown at home for producing an effective treatment for Malaria. Wild species of Artemisia grow all over the world.

Artemesia a large herb that grows to about 2 metres. It cannot tolerate drought and requires much care in cultivation. Good plants produce abundant small leaves, which are rich in the substance called Artemisinin, which is very effective in treating Malaria.

Read more about Artemisia


posted May 4, 2015, 9:46 PM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Jul 2, 2015, 2:57 AM ]


Moringa is a small tree sometimes grown just for ornamental purposes. It is however, a very useful tree. 
The young leaves make a very pleasant and nutrition vegetable, rich in iron. They produce more easily than annual vegetables                             and are useful for green leaves at a time when others short in the garden. 

The dried leaves make valuable nutrient supplement. The seeds can also be eaten when immature and are also useful in making muddy water clear.

 Read and learn more about Moringa.

Rearing Local Goats

posted Apr 1, 2015, 7:32 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated May 4, 2015, 9:59 PM ]

Goat Farming

Goats are important animals for they provide meat and milk to man and are easy to maintain. Goat Farming is increasingly becoming popular worldwide and the number of goat farmers is growing rapidly because of high profitability and the low maintenance and operations costs. 

If you are interested in livestock rearing, goat farming is worth a try. 

 Rearing goats can be a very profitable business when handled properly. Worldwide, farmers are adding goats to the list of animals they rear because goats are easy to tend, quick to reproduce and stock flow is fast.

Compost Manure

posted Mar 5, 2015, 3:12 AM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Apr 1, 2015, 7:33 AM ]

Compost Manure

Compost Manure is a mixture of organic residues such as leaves and bushes that has been piled and allowed to undergo aerobic biological decomposition. The decaying matter is used as a soil amendment.

You can use compost as a mulch for plants or mix in a hole for new plantings. Compost can also be mixed with some sand and soil to form potting soil for growing potted plants. You can also spread compost on your yard for your grass.

Compost is a complete ready food for plants, sometimes called humus.

Learn more about the importance of compost manure in your farm.

Maendeleo Jiko

posted Feb 10, 2015, 11:16 PM by Michael Hawthorne   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 3:14 AM ]

Maendeleo Jiko

The Maendeleo Jiko is made from a clay liner, installed in a mud surround. The liner has been designed so that the wood burns as efficiently as possible. The liner automatically gives the best size of door. Firebox  and pot rests. The door in the front lets in the right amount of air, and two sticks of dry firewood are fed in here. The pot rests make sure that there is the right space between the top of the liner and the cooking pot so that air can also pass through there.


The Maendeleo Jiko is a simple stove that helps improve the conditions of a traditional kitchen, and helps reduce the amount of firewood needed. It helps women have more choice in the use of their time. 

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