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 […]

Grow your own winter soup garden

Few things provide the satisfaction of knowing that you are eating a hearty homecooked meal, but moreover knowing that it is homegrown too. So, let Adriaan guide you through growing your own winter soup garden. A project such as this is also an excellent opportunity to get kids involved. The process of seeing their hard […]

The magical allure of autumn

Autumn conjures up images of trees changing colour, chill mornings and wrapping your hand around a mug of hot chocolate. Traditionally autumn was a time to harvest crops, stockpiling food for winter and celebrating the harvest. Yet autumn is also a time of abundance and beauty. This we find in the stunning colours we get […]

Grow your own tasty winter veggies

We always tend to think of winter as this grey colourless season where nothing grows, anxiously waiting for Spring’s warm embrace. Yet, winter holds so much potential, especially in the veggie department where we can still expect a bumper crop. For a culinary twist consider planting some tasty heirloom veggies this year, but more on […]

Preparing Your Flower Beds for Autumn Planting

With the change of the season it is time to start with autumn planting in anticipation of all the winter and spring colour.  With most of the summer annuals finishing off and going to seed, an autumn planting is a must to get a head start on your winter and spring gardening. It does feel […]

Alternatives to control weeds in the garden

One year’s seeding is seven year’s weeding.  Weeds tend to be our nemesis when gardening and many an hour has been spent methodically and sometimes frantically digging those persistent buggers out of the garden.  Yours truly has developed a habit of pulling out weeds no matter where. I have to admit it does provide certain […]

Growing Great Garlic

Growing garlic gives you an ample supply of one of nature’s best healing herbs. Garlic is one of those amazing plants that has been used by mankind since recorded history. There are many different types of garlic, with most belonging to the Alium sativum group of plants. Garlic is known mainly for its bulbs, however, all […]

Too mulch or not too mulch

With the hot and dry we have been experiencing the past few weeks, all our gardens are literally feeling the heat.  One of the easiest and simplest methods to help our gardens through this extreme weather unscathed is by mulching.  Mulching basically means covering the top of the soil with an organic or inorganic material […]