Coastal Gardening in South Africa By Allan Haschick Most conventional gardening books assume that everyone experiences the same conditions in their garden, no matter where they live, but this is seldom the reality.
Some areas in a garden can be really tricky. Here’s an ideal planting plan for a bed that gets full sun on half its length and and semishade on the other half: Festuca glauca ‘Silver Eyecatch’ for the sunny area and Acorus gramineus ‘Golden Edge’ for the semi-shaded spot. This makes for good […]
All the entries in the show garden category at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show included water in their designs. In keeping with the other elements in the show gardens, the water features were large and impressive, and constructed in just 19 days. Take a look at this inspirational aspect of the gardens. Homebase Cornish Memories […]
Gardening trends have changed a lot in the last 20 years. When I first came to South Africa, in 1980, most of the garden centres concentrated on exotic plants, and the showier indigenous flowers.
These new balcony planters in fashionable colours are idea to plant up with easy to grow plants in complementary colours. The planters fit without fuss on a balcony railing or fence and are ideal for flat dwellers, and for brightening up a small garden.
Like many other leaf-eating caterpillars, the bagworm falls under the order Lepidoptera and its adult stage is a moth.
How to analyse your soil Soil is special. It is far more complex than simply the dusty stuff we try to keep the children out of, wipe off our shoes, try to keep out of our homes and hide beneath lawns, paving and shrubs. It is not a sterile, stagnant medium but a wonderful […]
African bollworm AKA American Bollworm To avoid destroying the natural controls along with the pest you are targeting you need to follow a process of integrated pest management (IPM). In other words you must manage the damage caused by pests in the most environmentally sensitive way possible, minimising the risks to human health and the […]
It is easy to create a flowery walkway if you know what to plant at ground level; we analyzed this lovely setting to get you started. The climbing Iceberg roses are already looking gorgeous and within the next growing season they will form a dense cloud of snow-white flowers overhead.
A large, beautiful and diverse group, microfungi remain a mystery to almost everyone except mycologists and plant pathologists. In contrast to macrofungi, most of which are easily visible, microfungi can only be studied properly with the aid of a microscope, however, what they lack in size they make up for in more widespread distribution, primarily […]