Justin Bonello

Portulacaria afra, also known as elephant brush but probably best known to South Africans as Spek Boom is a truly amazing plant. I’m sure many of you have it growing in your garden at home, and if you do, you will know that it is also edible. Elephants love this stuff, but when I was in, Read More

Justin Bonello_Garden

I’ve tried raising chickens in the past with very little success, but as we grow, we learn, and I’ve learnt a lot this year through my greenhouse and garden, so now it’s time to add animals to my urban farm. So yesterday I received two hens from a mate of mine and I’m going to, Read More

Justin Bonello_Leopard_South Africa_Documentary

Last week we went up to the Baviaanskloof to continue building the story about leopards, but this time I was less focused on these wild cats and the predator conflict with the domesticated animals we eat, and wanted to hear more about the farmers’ side of the story – after all, there are always, Read More

When I really can’t get to sleep – which isn’t often – I have tried counting sheep but it’s not really for me, however this puts the term in a completely new light. This was on a farm just outside of Carnarvon and I think I only got to about ten before I couldn’t, Read More

I used to shop once a week – or rather my better half did – but I saw a ¼ of all the food I bought go off, packaged to suit retail space, not how much I eat and when, and if there’s one thing that I can’t do, it’s waste food, so all, Read More

My greenhouse was working great, but I soon realized that I would never be able to compete with what nature offered for free: sunlight, water, soil; which brought me to the next logical step and an obvious but profound realization: I don’t eat grass. The greenhouse is the realm of the scientist in me., Read More