Fragrant Herbs

Fragrance has the ability to instantly lift our spirits or transport us into a calmer space. It is believed that the sense of smell was our first sense; part of our ‘old brain’ (that’s hopefully since evolved) and it is not controlled by will or reason. Like the fight or flight response, what we smell […]

Bon appétit – Artichokes are the gourmet herb for the good life

As a vegetable globe artichokes (Cynarascolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant, the spiky silvery green foliage is striking and unusually beautiful. But as a herb, would you guess that it is one of the most effective and far reaching natural liver tonics that one can grow? The most effective part of […]

French Herbs

Classic French cuisine is both sophisticated and simple and herbs are an essential ingredient. Subtly flavoured herbs like tarragon, chervil, chives, and fennel are used with a light touch, while thyme is favoured for the robust flavour it imparts to casseroles, roasts and soup. BOX: Traditional herb combinations The French use herbs differently, making their […]

ants

Pennyroyal for Pest Control

Pennyroyal for Pest Control Pennyroyal is an ant repellent which can be used under roses and also sprinkled in other places around the house. Sprinkle some in the Worm Bin if ants are a problem together with Tansy. If you have ants on your plants then have a closer look and see if there are […]

Catnip for pest control

Catnip for Pest Control

Catnip for Pest Control Catnip is not only great for cats but also a deterrent for flea beetles, ants and other small insects due to the active ingredient nepetalactone. Infuse a cup of leaves in 500ml water and spray on infected plants or sprinkle leaves around it.

Mulching

Mulching

Mulching Mulching your flower beds with grass clippings is a great way to practise recycling in your garden and reusing all those nutrients that is now available in the foliage. Remember not to make it thicker than 2cm, otherwise it compacts and becomes slimy. If you have already done some grass clippings in one area […]

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Ideas to go Organic in Your Garden

Some ideas to go organic in your garden: • Play to your garden’s strength, making the most of its particular characteristics and using plants that will thrive in those conditions, • Make compost and leaf mould to feed the soil, • Learn to distinguish pests from predators. Plants that are struggling to grow will benefit […]

Nitrogen

Nitrogen deficiency

Nitrogen deficiency The problem: The older leaves of Parsley, Basil, Rocket and Coriander turns yellow and the growth looks stunted. The reason: Under nitrogen deficiency, the older mature leaves gradually change from their normal characteristic green appearance to a much paler green. As the deficiency progresses these older leaves become uniformly yellow (chlorotic). Leaves approach […]

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Improve your soil

Improve your soil The biggest secret in successful gardening? The soil condition. The better the soil, the better the root system and then you get the best foliage, flowers and fruit! Take the time now to get the soil prepared and you will reap the rewards during the coming growing season. Consider the following benefits […]

Gardening

Why do you Garden?

Why do you Garden? A lovely article on gardening by Nikki Phipps: You see them everywhere you look, each having its own unique appearance-gardens. You also see numerous books, Web sites, and other gardening resources filled with all the ins and outs and how-to of gardening. But seldom do you ever see anything about why […]