June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016
With the increase in intensive growing, Fusarium and other plant diseases have come to the fore.

Whilst the instinctive reaction is to reach for the fungicide, maybe it’s time to ask; “why the outbreak?”  There is evidence that a lot more care should be taken with fertilization, in order to make plant cells stronger and better able to withstand disease attacks.

May 2016 Newsletter

May 2016
It was Charles Darwin who coined the phrase: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change.”

April 2016 Newsletter

April 2016
Last month I told you about south African born IT wizard Elon Musk, who following his passion to contribute towards making earth a “cleaner” planet, developed the high performance Tesla car, powered by clean renewable electric energy.

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016
I recently had the privilege of speaking to the Kearsney headmaster, Alwyn van den Aardweg and discovered that his first teaching post had been at Pretoria Boys High, where he had in fact also matriculated.  I naturally pricked up my ears as Elon Musk, who I wrote about in the February Newsletter, had matriculated there.  Well, it turns out that the Kearsney headmaster had taught Elon, recalling him as a quietly spoken, immaculately turned out youngster with perfect manners, a contradiction to the man grew up to become!

February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016
I’ve just finished reading the biography of a most remarkable man, Elon Musk.  Born and raised in South Africa into an unstable family environment, he was bullied at school and lived with a father who enforced strict discipline at home, but on the other hand went out of his way to broaden his children’s horizons, taking them with him to inspect engineering jobs around the country.

December 2015 Newsletter

December 2015
I’m often asked why, when we have specifically formulated products (e.g. GROMOR LAWN DRESSING and 4.1.1 (21) lawn fertilizer) do we give the general recommendation of applying 1 x 30dm³ GROMOR COMPOST/5m²-10m² and 150g GROMOR ACCELERATOR organic fertilizer pellets per 1m²...

Quite honestly, without knowing the soil type and having a soil analysis, it’s impossible to give an exact recommendation...

November 2015 Newsletter

November 2015
In the November 2012 Gromor Newsletter I wrote “In view of the exceptional rains that we’ve experienced on the East Coast this spring------” Now, just three years later it’s dangerously dry not only on the East Coast, but over the whole country!

There is as much water on earth today, as when it began...

October 2015 Newsletter

October 2016
At this time of the year I regularly get asked for advice on what fertilizer to use on different plants. Whilst 2.3.2 and 2.3.4 remain the most popular general fertilizers, the question is valid, as different plants do use MORE of some and LESS of other PLANT FOOD ELEMENTS, hence there are different fertilizers catering for different plants e.g.GRASS requires high NITROGEN for that lush, dark green growth...

September 2015 Newsletter

September 2016
One of GROMOR’s longstanding customers Robin Joseph Cook, is about to undertake a commemorative ride in remembrance of his grandfather’s ride, whilst serving as a trooper with Marshall’s Horse, during the Boer War.  Robin’s grandfather was 17 years of age when he signed up with the 1st City Volunteers, Grahamstown, before being transferred in February 1901 to Marshall’s Horse, where he was deployed to a detachment of 13 officers with 150 men under them.  Freshly mounted and newly armed they were loaded on to a train and....

August 2015 Newsletter

August 2015
Fifty years ago no one could have foreseen a water shortage in KZN.  Now Shongweni dam is virtually silted up and Hazelmere dam has lost ±20% of its capacity in just 12 years. Like all droughts, this one has been frightening!  Let’s not forget it when the spring rains come.  Firstly, in designing a garden utilise plants that require a minimum or preferably no watering, once they’re established.  Secondly, apply cultivation practices that will conserve moisture....

July 2015 Newsletter

July 2015
When I get told that something is either good or bad, I like to be given the evidence.  Nowdays I’m regularly told that all GMO’s are bad.  But when I see the positive effect of “Round Up Ready Maize”, which makes “No Till” practically possible, which in turn increases soil organic matter levels and healthy soil life, I cannot help questioning motives....

June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015
Whilst it’s great to see the number of black people that are moving up into the middle class, 85% of them still remain poor, as opposed to just 13% of whites. In a democracy where the majority rules this cannot last, but predicting the future, I leave to you! I am well into my 70’s now and can never remember times being secure in South Africa.
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