Mother Nature is an expert on low maintenance gardening – her undisturbed gardens flourish without anyone needing to water, weed or prune. There are lessons to be learned from this. The first question to ask yourself is what climatic zone your garden fits into – it could be semi-desert, coast, grassland or fynbos. Trying to […]
3 Ways to be Water-wise 1. Build the humus content of your soil. Humus is the dark organic stuff that forms in the soil when plant and animal matter decays. It can hold many times its own weight in water, so increases the water-carrying capacity of soils, particularly sandy ones. It also prevents nutrients from […]
Less Water, More Veggies It’s time to get inventive as we find ways to garden in our water-challenged country. A smart, water-wise greenhouse in your backyard may be the answer, and it’s easy to build one yourself! Water-wise gardening has become something of a household term, and never more so than now, off the back […]
Every drop counts In our semi-arid country every drop of water counts, and not just in times of drought. There are so many things that you can do in your garden to use water more responsibly Gauging that rain A simple rain gauge can save you from unnecessarily watering your garden, and it’s very cheap […]
Build a Water Feature – In One Hour! The water features now available in kit form make it possible to add a water feature to a garden almost instantly. There is a variety of styles so it’s more than likely that you will find one that suits your garden, and if you cover the basin […]
Water saving We all know that our fresh water resources are under threat and by saving water at home, we can not only help preserve our water but save money as well.
Large or small, a water feature will enhance your garden. With a little planning, a water feature can be installed in an afternoon or a weekend, depending on its size and the effect you wish to create.
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 […]