What does NPK stand for on fertilizer bags?

Ever wondered what does NPK stand for on fertilizer bags? At a glance, these numbers can seem so confusing. I Have received quite a few requests for an article explaining those confusing numbers on fertiliser bags, so many people want to know what does the NPK stand for on fertilizer bags. .Let’s start by looking […]

Tips to a more water wise garden.

At last, the first drops have fallen and the change in our gardens is instant.  Let’s hope we get another shower soon to keep our gardens looking at their best.  Yet we are still not out of the woods in regards to water shortages and incompetence from our municipalities and water department.  One can rant […]

Herbs for Healthy Living

Herbs are friendly undemanding, fresh and fragrant companions that can greatly improve our health and well-being, whether we are ill or well. And, no matter what the situation, there is a green friend that will extend a helping branch. “To be surrounded by the sweet scents of herbs is the perfect antidote to overwork and […]

Soil preparation

Soil preparation is one of the cornerstones of any gardening. The best soils, known as loams, contain some sand, some silt and a little clay. Loams better hold nutrients, provide adequate drainage, and are workable, easily letting roots penetrate. Adding organic matter, such as compost, is the easiest way to improve your soil. For a […]

Selecting a site for your food garden

Picking the right location for your food garden is absolutely crucial. A sub-par location can result in sub-par veggies! Here are a few tips for choosing a good site:

More about Myrtle

Myrtle –  Botany Myrtus, with the common name myrtle, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Myrtaceae The genus Myrtus has three species recognised today: In the garden Myrtus communis is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for use as a shrub in gardens and parks. It is often used as a hedge […]

Tea-time with Adriaan

How herbal tea rescued my health and how to grow your own. I cover everything from soil preparation to harvesting and making delicious, healthy herbal teas

Top 10 plants for attracting butterflies to your garden

Attracting butterflies to your garden can be quite a conundrum at times. We want beautiful butterflies to grace our gardens but not their caterpillars which are the larval stage of butterflies.  Caterpillars feed on their specific host plants, whilst causing some damage to the plant, it is not enough to harm them permanently. The host […]

Grow your own Heavenly Hyacinths

Anyone who loves beautiful things will adore a garden of Hyacinths. From ancient Greek lore to French royalty, these gorgeous blooms have been a favourite throughout history. Hyacinths originate from the eastern Mediterranean, West and Central Asia but are grown and adored all over the world. In South Africa, the most commonly seen hyacinths stem […]