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Ladybirds Industrial Aphid Munchers

It’s a well-known fact that one of the most beneficial insects that can be used in integrated pest management is the ladybird.

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October 2018

Gardenia Care

The delicate appearance and exceptional fragrance of gardenia flowers have earned these plants a place of honour in the hearts of many a romantic – it’s no wonder they’re referred to as the flower of love. But growing a gardenia can sometimes be a challenge.

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October 2018

From Boring To Enchanting

The delightful thing about design is that the moment you relegate a purpose to a space, the rest falls into place.

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October 2018

Nursery School Part 2

Sow the seeds of a lifelong love for nature by introducing your sprouts to these playful and rewarding projects with plants.

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August 2018

Trimming & Training

Get your climbers looking good, and your garden off to a good spring start.

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August 2018

On My Watch!

I have come to the conclusion that I have grown too old to be a grandmother…

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August 2018

Raise The Bar In Your Food Garden

Want to make your veggie garden more productive? Raised beds provide better drainage (which veggies love) and a friable mix that makes it easier for the roots to draw up water, oxygen and nutrients, especially in gardens with clay, sand or very stony soil.

3 mins read
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August 2018

Magnificent Cape Saffron For Small Gardens

The Cape saffron or lepelhout is one of South Africa’s most rewarding evergreen trees to grow.

2 mins read
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August 2018

Fertility And Friability

Organisms in the soil influence these important performance factors.

4 mins read
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August 2018

Eco Tricks To Combat Snails

Snails can become pests in the garden, especially when they eat all the lettuce leaving little for the human family.

2 mins read
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August 2018

Drought-Proof Dollar Plants

Indigenous and water-wise, crassulas can be jewels in a dry garden.

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August 2018

Restios Have Soul And Style

For graceful movement in the wind, turn to the Cape reed family.

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July 2018

Orchids In The Home

Don’t be intimidated by these exotic beauties.

4 mins read
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July 2018

Mass In The Shade

Last month we gave you the names of small and pretty trees to plant close together to form a mini forest. Now we introduce you to the best groundcovers to plant underneath them, and they grow fast!

4 mins read
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July 2018

Lilies For Every Occasion

Get to grips with the diversity of the lily family

3 mins read
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July 2018

Great Expectations

Pruning various roses for maximum yield of blooms.

4 mins read
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July 2018

Are You Doing It Wrong

If gardening’s not really fun anymore, it might be because you’re making one of the mistakes that we all make.

6 mins read
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July 2018

An Eden Called Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren has all the abundance of its namesake, producing and serving the freshest organic produce with an unerring sense of style.

4 mins read
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July 2018

The Family Herb Garden Herbs To Keep Dad Happy And Healthy

Herbs can easily become part of our daily lives because they have so many different uses.

3 mins read
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June 2018

Three Furry-Leafed Kalanchoes

Winter is very much succulent season, with many of the plants looking their bright and colourful best during the cooler weather. Most kalanchoe types are grown for their attractive flowers, which usually appear during the short day lengths of winter, but some are cultivated specifically for their interesting or unusual foliage. Here are examples of three such kalanchoes, which all originate from Madagascar. They are easy to grow and thrive in many gardens around South Africa, especially in the drier areas.

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June 2018

Tree Time For ‘Me Time'

If you can’t get into the healing environment of a real forest to do some ’forest bathing’ you can go for plan B, which is to create your own mini woodland area.

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June 2018

Tropical In A Pot

If you love tropical plants but the area you live in is not conducive to them thriving, you can get the look by planting your tropical gems in a pot and sheltering them on a warm patio.

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June 2018

Patterns In Pavers

Laying pavers seems so easy and fun that anyone could do it.

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June 2018

Poppies & Roses

Moving roses – this is the month to do it!

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June 2018

Getting To Grips With Paving

Paving an area can transform it, and it’s quite simple to do yourself. Here are some points to keep in mind to make your paving job perfect.

3 mins read
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June 2018

Copious Coprosma

I ’ve been a closet fan of the mirror bush all my life, and still harbour in my garden the old shiny, green Coprosma repens with its polished leaves.

3 mins read
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June 2018

Beautiful Natal Red Top

The Natal red top, also known as Natal grass or Natalse rooipluim, is a very striking annual or biennial in the grass family Poaceae.

2 mins read
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June 2018

10 Top Tips For New Fishkeepers

Pet healthcare is so important, and fish are no different.

2 mins read
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June 2018

Living Wall Art

These innovative planters brighten up a dull wall.

1 min read
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May 2018

End Of The Season

Looking back – a review of the rose season.

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May 2018