Letitia van der Merwe

English southern hemisphere

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If you live in the southern hemisphere, life will start slowing down a bit until everything goes into a winter sleep. Or does it? Though plants go dormant in cold areas, their roots are still very much alive and kicking. That is why autumn and winter is a good time to transplant woody plants like shrubs and trees. The roots can get nicely settled before everything bursts into life in spring again. Read further... 

If you live in an area that does not get that cold, life does not come to a complete halt. Neither do us gardeners.

Klick on the button for your situation:

Sow a Seed
about my book

How did it get this far? One in three children in the world has a nutrient deficiency. The main cause of preventable blindness in children, is a lack of vitamin A. Yet, one cup of cooked pumpkin 171% of the daily need for provitamin A. And it is such an easy vegetable to grow. Everywhere. Did we forget how to grow a humble pumpkin? Have we gone mad?


This book will take you through the steps to develop your own skills to provide in your own food security.
Whether you

  • Have little or a lot of money

  • Live in an apartment or have a large garden

  • Have plenty of sun or little water.

We can all do something about the world crisis and our own food security. In Five steps I take you from easy, to slightly more difficult skills:

  1. Sow a Seed,

  2. Water, Weed & Feed;

  3. Plant some trees;

  4. Save the Bees;

  5. Care & Share.

The book is based on the principles of permaculture, which I explain with practical examples. It is will be lavishly filled with drawings and plantographics — lists of plants suitable for different situations. I am working hard to have it ready the plant season 2019. In the meantime, expect some appetizers on this site!


I hope that you will soon start with

Step 1 Sow a Seed!


whats with the botanical names?

I hope to reach readers from all over the world – I especially want to help people who are struggling. Common plant names are different in every language, region and country. Botanical names have been internationally standardised by smart scientists. Besides the common name I also give the botanical name so that gardeners from different countries can easily find the same plant (or a close relative).