The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) has published a new edition of the book Grow Proteas, one of the titles in the widely acclaimed Kirstenbosch Gardening Series.
A garden can help restore hope, reduce stress and promote a feeling of wellbeing, even for those whose eyesight if failing.
A vase of fresh flowers in the home adds both a touch of class and a stylish atmosphere to an environment where we spend much of our lives.
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There are no hard and fast rules about fertilising, but a productive food garden often needs less fertiliser than you may think. It is only in February that longer crops like tomatoes, brinjals, peppers and longseason squashes may need feeding because they have exhausted the nutrients in the soil. Good soil preparation is the fundamental […]
The heady perfume of roses, the eye-catching colours of many different perennials, the rich swathes of different grasses and the controlled formality of a parterre garden greet you at the garden gate. It is horticultural agony for a plant lover to decide which ‘garden room’ to visit first…
There are many reasons to remove alien vegetation from your garden, but how does one go about it? Mechanical or chemical eradication, or a combination of the two, can help a gardener achieve long term success. Biological control is in the hands of the professionals and they have had some success in controlling certain species […]
When flying over densely populated parts of South African suburbia, you have the opportunity to peep into many urban backyards containing conventional swimming pools kept in pristine condition with the help of chemicals, permanently sucking vacuum cleaners and frequent manual maintenance by the owners. The gardens surrounding these unnatural-looking blue expanses of water are normally […]
In the garden with Anna Recently, while visiting open gardens and garden shows, and judging gardening competitions, I met up with ‘long-time-no-see’ plants and learned new tricks.
Early spring is the ideal time to divide, or split, Dietes and other clump-forming plants like Carex, Liriope and Ophiopogon. Here is a simple step by step pictorial of the process.