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Get A Jump On Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Get A Jump On Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

It’s the end of the summer and temperatures are finally cooling down. Your vegetable garden may be looking a little tired with many plants having gone to flower and seed. Now is the time to do a general tidy up in your veggie patch, remove what you now longer want to make room for new plants and rotate your crops

How To Build A Fire Pit

How To Build A Fire Pit

Staying warm while still using and enjoying your garden space in Winter can be challenging with all the cold rain and freezing temperatures. Having a fire pit in the garden is one way to prolong an evening outdoors around a cosy fire with good company or just you and the stars above.

Bougainvilleas – So Bright And Bold

Bougainvilleas – So Bright And Bold

One of the few plants making a splash at this time of the year are the beautiful Boungainvillea cultivars! From white to pale orange, bright pinks and deep magentas, there are a lot of vibrant ones available these days.

Architectural Plants

Architectural Plants

Today’s blog is list of plants, shrubs and trees which can be used as architectural form plants to create an eye catching piece in your garden. By adding a couple of carefully chosen plants, trees and shrubs one can go far to increasing the appeal of your garden and adding interest and dimension

Favourite Flowers for the Autumn Garden

Favourite Flowers for the Autumn Garden

Gardeners tend to get excited about spring, looking forward to trying out new plants and maybe even making a big move and changing their landscapes. And in summer there’s the joy of the garden in full bloom, and most fruit trees and vegetable gardens produce abundantly.

Butterflies in the garden

Butterflies in the garden

Everyone is charmed by butterflies! They represent metamorphosis, hope through change and are symbolic of the life-cycle of all living things. Some are brilliantly patterned and coloured with kaleidoscopic markings.

Let Your Garden Shine

Let Your Garden Shine

So you’ve spent hours perfecting your garden; considered the most functional layout, the prettiest features, comfortable furniture, interesting plants, and your lawn is your personal victory. It’s such a pleasure to have such a beautiful and calm space to enjoy.

Bird Feeders and Beyond – Everything You Need to Know

Bird Feeders and Beyond – Everything You Need to Know

Autumn is usually a good time of year for the birds in your garden as many plants have gone to seed by now and are providing our garden birds with regular food. However, seeding grasses and fruiting plants and trees provide flushes of food during the year, but never complete continuity.

Companion Planting for the Veggie Garden

Companion Planting for the Veggie Garden

It’s now a well-known fact that certain plants grow better when planted near to each other as they improve each other’s well-being and protect each other from attack by insect pests. Now this is the kind of gardening I like, letting Nature lead the way and do the work!

Child Safety in The Garden

Child Safety in The Garden

Every year, many children are rushed to the hospital due to accidents that occur in the home and garden. Checking your garden is safe for the littlest members of your family is important and here are some tips and advice for making yours as safe as possible.

March is for Garden Maintenance

March is for Garden Maintenance

March is typically a very busy gardening month with a lot of gardening maintenance tasks that need to be done. It’s time to clear out the dead growth of summer, and make room for the new garden you can imagine!

Helpful Gardening Tips for March

Helpful Gardening Tips for March

March is a time of the year in the garden when you still have some hot days. In general, the climate starts cooling down and in particular night temperatures go down. So this is the time of the year when you still practice summer maintenance but at...

Gardening tips – weekly round-up – march

Gardening tips – weekly round-up – march

This week our gardening tips include our war on weeds, recycling and dealing with cutworms. MONDAY'S GARDEN WOES... How to deal with cutworms naturally Cutworm is a type of caterpillar and is specifically the larvae of a number of species of adult...

Garden Design Tips For The Birds!

Garden Design Tips For The Birds!

With Summer in full swing and your summer garden design coming along nicely. Let's think about the birds that are attracted to your garden! They are on a mission to fatten up before the cold of winter and can be seen looking for food. In the past,...

West Coast Garden Style: Gardening By The Beach

West Coast Garden Style: Gardening By The Beach

Summer is in full swing, but the deserved year-end holiday is still a few weeks away. And I'm in the office just dreaming of where I would rather be…on a beach, in the sun, not far from home with mussels for lunch and fish potjie for supper. Well,...

17 Tips To Create Your Own Veggie Garden

17 Tips To Create Your Own Veggie Garden

September and October are traditionally the best months in the Cape for sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings from trays into the veggie garden, but with the seasons a little late this year, there is no time like the present. In this helpful DIY...

10 Tips For Saving Water

10 Tips For Saving Water

Having brought you water-saving tips for your Summer garden. We are featuring further tips provided by the team of House and Leisure. Advice from Ernst van Jaarsveld… Ernst van Jaarsveld’s, author of the Waterwise Gardening book, was interviewed by...

DIY Rain Chains

DIY Rain Chains

So what is a rain chain anyway? Rain chains were first used in commercial buildings and modern houses to get rid of the need for downpipes connected to roof gutters. Instead of the rain water being channelled down a sometimes ugly-looking downpipe, the rain runs off the roof

Designing with Fynbos

Designing with Fynbos

We are extremely fortunate in South Africa to be living in a country with one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world. In South Africa we have approximately 23,000 unique plant species, compared with Europe with approximately 10,000.

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Use of Autumn Leaves

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Use of Autumn Leaves

When I think of Autumn, rich reds, bright yellows and robust orange leaves come to mind. Although beautiful, autumn leaves can become a hassle to clean up. Instead of throwing the leaves in the trash, rather make the most of them – help your garden grow or beautify your home.

All abuzz about Urban Beekeeping

All abuzz about Urban Beekeeping

The saying goes that everything is better (and sweeter) with a touch of honey. Urban beekeeping is a popular, growing trend for 2014. City residents worried about the global decline of bee populations have taken to urban beekeeping to do their part.

All About Home Composting

All About Home Composting

All living things, including green plants, have the same basic needs as us! Food, Water, Air and Protection against the elements. In nature, plant food is found in the soils they are growing in, and so it makes sense that if that food is of poor quality, the plant will not thrive.

8 Low Cost Ways to Enhance Your Garden

8 Low Cost Ways to Enhance Your Garden

With Summer in full swing, we bear witness to a multitude of green coloured plants sprouting everywhere! We can all agree that with the current cost of living, we have to make smart choices in our “gardening budgets.”

Winter gardening woes and how to solve them

Winter gardening woes and how to solve them

We are now at the beginning of our winter months and with the season change, we as gardeners face new challenges in our garden – from the weather itself to the pests and fungi that become prevalent in the winter months. We’re sharing some tips to...

Lawn: Which type to choose and how to plant

Lawn: Which type to choose and how to plant

Today’s blog will provide you with some essential information on the different grass types in South Africa. This blog is a continuation, or rather chapter two of the last lawn blog. The last lawn blog provides essential information on how to grow...