Prepare your Herb garden for summer

Herbs are not only valuable for their flavour or healing properties, they also contribute to the health of the garden! Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition, help to improve the quality of the […]

Herbs For Autumn Allergies

Herbs for autumn allergies Autumn is the season of allergies, with its abundance of pollen, dust and seed. While the “fruits” of the garden can make us miserable, there are also plants that offer a solution for the ills. Natures supplies what you need, when you need it. Common garden herbs like thyme, sage and […]

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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 […]

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Worm Bins

Worm Bins What are you doing with the left over vegetables, fruit, eggshells, egg boxes, shredded newspapers, loose tea, tea bags, coffee grinds, cereal and oatmeal? They make the perfect food for earthworms in Worm Bins. Worm Bins have for a long time been used to convert kitchen waste into a fertiliser called ‘vermicompost’ which […]

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Healthy Soil with More Compost

Healthy Soil with More Compost Improve the structure of your soil as well as the absorption of nutrients by plants by adding more compost. Farmers who experience decrease in yield, in spite of applying more fertilizer will see drastic increases after using more organic material mixed into the soil. This highlights the fact that the […]

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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 […]

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Earthworms

Earthworms Do you want more natural diggers in your garden – composting and mulching will increase the natural indigenous earthworm population and will aerate the soil as they burrow through it, allowing precious oxygen and water to reach the roots of your lovingly planted herbs, veggies, flowers and shrubs. What more can earthworms do for […]

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Pest Control with Tansy

Pest Control with Tansy Strong smelling tansy is a must have in the organic garden to act as a natural insect repellent. In the Middle Ages dried tansy was one of the “strewing herbs” scattered across floors to keep pests away. Housewives also hung it from rafters, packed it between bed sheets and mattresses, and […]

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Shade Gardening

Shade Gardening Living in build-up areas presents its own challenges to growing fresh herbs and vegetables. For many gardeners, the optimum conditions most vegetables and herbs prefer—eight to 10 hours of full sun—just aren’t possible. This can be due to trees or shadows from nearby buildings. Luckily, shade doesn’t have to prohibit gardeners from growing […]

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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 […]