As with all living things, gardens need watering, feeding and control over pests and disease. Knowledge on herbicides and pesticides, pruning, propagation and fertilising is of great value in the process of maintaining the garden you have created. Follow these guidelines and your garden will respond with beauty and health.
Watering frequency depends on plant and soil types, climates, seasons and planting positions. Plant types with deep taproots, like trees, may need little watering due to their ability to tap into underground water-sources. Plants with succulent stems and foliage will need less irrigation than soft leafed plants. Read more...
Children in the Garden
To a child a garden can/should be a space to explore, learn, touch and experience. A place of sounds, smells and unbelievable things to see and watch. Did you know that times spend in the childhood garden makes for some of the most vivid adult memories one day? Do what you can to include plants to educate and fascinate - design for wildlife and plan for leisure family time! Here are a few things to think about:
Sight: Include in your planting scheme large foliage with dramatic colour and texture contrasts, flowers that are brightly coloured (that they should sow themselves!) like sunflowers. Rivers made from pebbles (that they can lay themselves!) and wind chimes of coloured glass (made by them of course!). Are there butterflies? Ask your little one to sow for Alyssum, butterflies love them! And nasturtiums for the larvae. Read more...
Lawns and alternatives
Lawns can prove a never-ending effort of mowing, watering, feeding and edging. Other alternatives are ground covers or hard surfacing such as decking, gravel or paving. For visual interest play with different layering patterns when paving and maybe leave open shapes filled with gravel. Soften paved edges by planting subjects without vigorous root systems. Look at the different colour ranges, shapes and sizes and make sure your chosen materials are weather and traffic proof. Decking can be wonderfully enhancing to any garden. Read more...
Herbal Medicinal Tea Chart
Tea for One:
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of herbs, cover, let stand for 7 minutes and strain.
Note: teas can be made from fresh or dried herbs. Honey, a squeeze of lemon or both may be added, but no milk. Try mixing two teas together or add a little fruit juice with iced tea.
Calming Herbs: Angelica, Balm, Bay, Borage, Chamomile, Cress, Dill, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Burnet, Thyme. Read more...
Gardening for Birds
The Pincushion is a much loved indigenous beauty for a sunny corner in your garden. The 3m shrub will ask little but insist on well-draining soil, no humidity and an undisturbed root area. Given these requirements your Leucospermum will attract an abundance of feathered friends with nectar from its pincushion flowers (yellow, orange or red). See www.animal-info.co.za - the South African Birds List!
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