Gardening Tips

Watering in Winter

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"Why do my pansies look so wilted? I am giving them loads of water!"  The aforementioned statement is something one always hears during winter.  Winter watering is tricky at the best of times. To understand how one should water in winter let's have a look at how watering actually works. How watering works Soil is filled with loads of tiny air pockets that are filled with water during rain or watering.  As the water moves downwards through the soil, it pulls...

Soil preparation

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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 comprehensive take on everything you could possibly want to know about soil, visit our partners from Bark Unlimited. Soil preparation for garden beds Remove weeds and...

Selecting a site for your food garden

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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: Plant in a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. There are a few veggies that will tolerate some shade. Plant in moist, well-drained soil. If you have poorly drained soil (water pools), plant veggies in a raised bed. If you have rocky soil, till and remove the rocks.  Plant in a...

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: Myrtus communis – Common myrtle; native to the Mediterranean region in southern Europe. Myrtus nivellei – Saharan myrtle; native to North Africa. Myrtus phyllireaefolia 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 plant, with its small leaves shearing cleanly. The...

Spring Lawn Care for Gauteng Gardens


Lawn care comprises a few basics In this brief article, I will be simplifying lawn care for you. We all have different reasons for wanting a lush green lawn.  For some, it is about having a soothing green space to get away from the stresses of city life.  For others, it is used as a play area or as an outdoor living room.  No matter the reason, after reading this article you will have a lawn the whole neighbourhood will...

Spring pruning simplified – It's easier than you think!

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Spring feels like it is here!  The signs are all around us with the blossoms and our gardens are waking up from their winter slumber.  Although we can still expect some chilly weather in the near future, in general, it is getting warmer.  As a result of the mild winter we have had so far, the roses here at the Nursery haven’t even lost their leaves yet. Still, now is the time for pruning certain plants to ensure that...

Respect the Spek: The amazing Spekboom

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Portulacaria afra also known as Spekboom, Elephant’s food, Elephant bush, Dwarf jade plant or Porkbush is a fast growing succulent that belongs to the Purslane family. It is an industrious little plant with a huge heart. To name just a few of its amazing attributes: Easy to grow Low maintenance Great for hedges Reduces soil erosion Makes a lovely bonsai Drought tolerant and water wise Stimulates a return of biodiversity in the area because of its soil-binding and shading...

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...
Composting

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...