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Spring Gardening

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...
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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...

Sowing seeds in six easy steps


All seeds hold within the amazing promise of life.  You will find that growing plants from seed can be a very rewarding experience and that you actually become attached to your little seedlings.  You can grow from seed to feed you and your family or you can grow to fill your garden with an abundance of colour.  However, people are often put off from growing from seed due to these not germinating properly.  Sowing seeds should not be difficult,...

Caring for Clivias – All you need to know!

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Spring is finally here, and with it, many of our favourite flowering plants.  The first that comes to mind are Clivias.  Clivia minniata is one of our more famous plants in South Africa and it has managed to find its way into gardens around the globe.  Not only do Clivias produce amazing flowers during spring, they multiply in time. Furthermor, being indigenous they are used to our extreme South African weather. Clivias originate from the Natal woodland and riverine forest area...

A lush green lawn in 5 easy steps


The colour green has an instant calming effect and in today’s crazy pace of living, plants provide a reprieve for one’s soul. As a result, we need green spaces in our lives. This is all the more reason to get started on an excellent source of green: your lawn. The better care your lawn receives early in spring, the less effort it will require for the rest of the year. So follow the next steps to ensure that yours...

Top 10 Indigenous Plants for Spring

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With South Africa being a drought-prone country and water a scarce resource, we are all affected as gardeners.  The rains have been scarce this spring and it seems likely that we will be experiencing a dry season this year.  Yet there are ways to keep the watering down to a minimum (mulching being one of them). Indigenous and water-wise gardening seem to go hand-in-hand. However, there are certain indigenous plants that are a must for the garden. Some  of the...

Gardening after the rain

Posted By Category: Spring GardeningComments: 0Post Date: 25th Oct 2013

If you’re like me then your fingers should be itching to get into the garden after the rain.  It is amazing what rain does to our mood after the dry weather, it inspires, invigorates and encourages us.  Our gardens are filled with fresh promise after the rain and the work we do now will save us a lot of time in the garden going forward.  The respite we are getting from the heat saves us a lot of time...
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Mulch much more!

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When we face challenges in our garden such as hot and dry weather it is always a good idea to step back and have look at how nature handles these problems.  Leaves collect on the forest floor and form a protective blanket that conserves water and breaks down to enrich the soil.  When walking through a grassland you will notice that the soil is covered in old plant material and grass which forms this same protective layer.  This is...

How to plant your own succulent bowl

Posted By Category: Spring GardeningComments: 1Post Date: 11th Oct 2013

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned gardener planting a succulent bowl is easy and fun whilst still allowing you to put your personal spin on it.  Succulents are an amazing family of plants which have adapted to harsh conditions by storing water in modified fleshy stems and leaves to conserve the precious little water available to them.  They really are a tough group of plants, not only are they able to withstand extended periods of neglect, they will...