Autumn Gardening

Colour the cold with Hecker Homegrown pansies

Throughout the years, a slight morning and evening chill has always been accompanied by the wondrous sight of seeing Pansies and Viola's grow from small seedlings to the colour powerhouses which they become.  Pansies are a source of cheer and warmth during the cooler months with their striking blooms and vibrant demeanour. Homegrown Pansies We grow our own pansies right here at the nursery. Ronnie, Albert and the propagation team have always had a knack for growing seedlings- Pansies even more...

No Need to Fear the Frost

We’ve all been there, losing a favourite member of our garden or that rare tropical plant to winters icy whim.  The winters here on the Highveld can be erratic at best with beautiful sunny days that just make you want to soak up the sun's warming rays, to those days where you are locked in bed and can’t get out due to the cold.  Before we find out how to fight the frost lets first have a look at...

Make Your Own Compost and Mulch This Autumn

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Here's a handy compost guide on making compost and mulch with material collected from your own garden. Don't let all those free leaves go to waste!
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7 Simple ways to save water in your garden

Many parts of South Africa have received ample rain, and water restrictions have been lessened, but this is no reason to become complacent about saving water.  And although it sometimes feels that the little we do won't have any impact, every drop saved makes a difference. These are my seven simple ways to save water in your garden. 1. Add mulch to your garden Mulching has numerous benefits, one being its ability to prevent water from evaporating too fast. It...
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Grow your own Heavenly Hyacinths

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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 from plants cultivated in the Netherlands during the 18th century and are blue, pink or white. Hyacinths enchant many species! Fragrant and striking, hyacinths were a...
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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 work slowly come to fruition exposes them to principles such as patience, diligence and perseverance that often gets lost in today’s fast-paced and technology-driven...

The magical allure of autumn

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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 from the plant's leaf colour changing. In this article, I will have a look at why leaf colour changes, highlight plants with colourful foliage...

Spoil her with a Cyclamen pot this Mother's Day

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Cyclamen make the perfect gift for Mothers day with their stunning blooms and longevity.  Another great idea is to get the whole family involved and plant up a special Cyclamen pot for mom.  Come to think of it, not just for Mothers day, but to bring some colour into the home and garden during the Winter chill.  The best thing about Cyclamen is that you can get them to come back year after year to delight with their stunning...

Grow your own tasty winter veggies

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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 heirlooms later.   Why we should grow veggies in winter No need to water your veggies as much as during summer due to the cooler temperatures. Longer...

Preparing Your Flower Beds for Autumn Planting

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Poppies provide stunning  autumn colour on elegant stems 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 like sacrilege having to take out your plants that are big and in bloom.  However, waiting too long...