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Flea Repellant

Flea repellent Make herbal powders using combinations of the following herbs: rosemary, lavender, southernwood, lemon verbena, catnip, basil, lemon grass, citronella pelargonium, marigold and the passion-fruit plant. Herbs love being trimmed, so cut them regularly, and dry them out of the sun, in your garage or pantry, layered on paper, or by hanging in bunches. […]

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Herb Focus – Horseradish

Herb focus – Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) The pungent horseradish sauce that delivers a kick to salads, sauces, mustard and even mayonnaise, is made from the grated raw root. The ground root also has many healing actions; as a mild antibiotic, expectorant and diuretic that promotes perspiration making it useful for breaking fevers, especially those associated […]

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Life lessons in the garden

Life lessons in the garden Gardening teaches people the art of being patient. Unlike other activities, gardening does not produce instantaneous results. As such, a person who takes up gardening must wait for their rewards. The garden should be planned to a certain degree. Once a basic plan has been developed, the soil needs to […]

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Do you have to seperate vegetable patch?

Do you have to have a separate vegetable patch? Not if we have a say! Interplanting vegetables, herbs, ornamental shrubs and indigenous flora creates a bio-diverse habitat that attracts predators, butterflies, birds and all other creatures to make your garden a haven for all. A dynamic garden is alive with sound, smell and movement, providing […]

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Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden Butterflies prefer plants with strong smells, bright colours and flowers that provide easy landing sites. Planting groups of flowers rather than single plants will attract more butterflies. Herbs that will attract butterflies include Bulbinella, Cleveland Sage, Pineapple Sage, Russian Sage, Catmint, Lavender, Rosemary and Borage. Acres of land are not necessary for a […]

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Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects Garden plants attract insect pests by the dozens, from aphids to slugs. But before you reach for an insecticide, take another look at the insects in your planting beds. While the pests are devouring your squash and tomatoes, another wave of insects is coming to the rescue. Beneficial insects prey on the pests […]

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Companion planting for Pest control

Companion Planting for Pest Control Lacewings are insects with large, lace-like wings and it is mainly the larvae (which look like little alligators) that destroys most of the pests. They are sometimes called aphid lions for their habit of dining on aphids. Other pests they feed on include mites, other small insects and insect eggs. […]

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Companion plants for Asparagus

Companion Plants for Asparagus Companion planting increases yield and minimizes the potential for fungal and insecticidal problems. Asparagus grows well with: basil, tomato, nasturtium and parsley. It doesn’t grow well with: onion, garlic and potatoes. Remember to allow enough space between plants to ensure proper air circulation, this will reduce the development of fungal diseases […]

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Companion plants for Cabbage, Roses and Brinjals

Companion Plants for Cabbage, Roses and Brinjals Benefit the growth of your cabbages by interplanting with Sage, Rosemary and Thyme that will help to repel the cabbage butterfly. If you can’t grow it in between the cabbages then use the herb leaves as a mulch at the base of the plants and repeat as often […]

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Companion plants for Tomatoes

Companion Plants for Tomatoes Improve the growth and yield of your tomato crop by planting the following herbs as companion plants, between and with the tomatoes: • Asparagus, basil, lemon balm, borage, celery, chives, mint, parsley, pot marigold, If you have limited space then plant one tomato, one basil and one parsley together in a […]