Letitia van der Merwe

English northern hemisphere

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Can you feel it too? After hibernating through the winter, I want to get going again by bringing some seeds to life! Yes, you can start in February – indoors, that is – with tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), leek (Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum), bunching onions/chives (Allium fistolosum), lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and peppers (Capsicum spp.). With our short growing season here around the 53rd latitude it is also wise. Then the plants have a head start when they can go outside. I use those paper cups, sort of "seeds to go". Read more here...

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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).