Spinach grows well in window boxes. Picture courtesy looli from flickrSpinach grows well in window boxes. Picture courtesy looli from flickrSpinach is a rewarding cool season crop that can be grown in spaces large or small to provide healthy organic greens all season long. South African gardeners have a good selection to choose from, including those that are slower to bolt in warm weather. Learn more about these spinach varieties and the various methods of growing them.

Kale Varieties for South African Gardens

Sunday, 07 April 2024 18:58

Kale varieties Picture courtesy naturalflow from flickrKale varieties Picture courtesy naturalflow from flickrWith the growing popularity of kale, many different heirloom and hybrid varieties have become available to home gardeners in South Africa, and with so many different types to choose from, you may be wondering which are best for you. Learn about the different kales to decide which ones will best suit your garden and taste.

Bougainvillea grows beautifully in a pot. Pictrure by smilla4 from flickrBougainvillea grows beautifully in a pot. Pictrure by smilla4 from flickrIn this article you will learn exciting ways to combine the various shades, tints and tones of bougainvilleas to create a stunning effect in the landscape. Learn how to grow and care for bougainvilleas and how to select the best companion plants so they are able to flourish together. Even if you dream of a tropical looking garden but wish to use cooler shades like white or pale pink, there is a bougainvillea variety that will suit your needs.

Summer Hanging Basket - Fuchsia, Impatience, LobeliaSummer Hanging Basket - Fuchsia, Impatience, LobeliaLate summer and autumn are the most popular times to garden in our subtropical regions, and you can plant these hanging baskets now. However, if you live in cold and frosty regions, you will need to save this recipe and plant in spring. You can also change up the colours if you prefer, impatience come in a huge range of colours and lobelia ranges from white to shades of pink, blue and purple, but because of the softer colours of the fuchsias, this colour combination works very well.  Find the recipe below.

Chlorophytum saundersiae 'Starlight' Picture courtesy Leafs NurseryChlorophytum saundersiae 'Starlight' Picture courtesy Leafs NurseryChlorophytum saundersiae is a popular garden plant because it is hardy, grows in sun or shade, and also in dry or wet beds. Its pleasing grass-like appearance lends itself to any garden style and colour scheme, and it blends in effortlessly with other garden plants. Learn how cultivate healthy specimens, and ways to use them in the landscape for the greatest impact.

Flat of Microgreens. Picture courtesy Oregon State University on flickrFlat of Microgreens. Picture courtesy Oregon State University on flickrMicrogreens are so simple to grow, indoors or outdoors, and best of all they take up a minimal amount of space and cost a fraction of the price of store bought ones. Below you will learn about the health benefits of microgreens, what supplies you need to get started, popular varieties, and how to sow, grow and harvest them to ensure a continual harvest.

Apple Dwarf 'Royal Gala' Picture courtesy www.justberryplants.co.zaApple Dwarf 'Royal Gala' Picture courtesy www.justberryplants.co.zaApples are popular for their great taste and nutritional value, and are grown worldwide because they are the most versatile of fruit trees, with a wide range of cultivars. Apples can be grown in large pots and new dwarf hybrids are compact growers, suitable for small gardens. Read more below to find interesting facts about apples and everything you need to know to grow them successfully at home.

Common Staghorn FernCommon Staghorn FernStaghorn ferns add an eerily beautiful, almost primeval look to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Small plants are often sold growing in pots, but mounting them onto beautiful pieces of driftwood, slabs of bark, wood or cork, is the best method of growing them. Read more below about the various species, and everything you need to know to grow magnificent specimens at home.

Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen'Epipremnum aureum remains a popular houseplant because it’s beautiful and incredibly easy to grow, and the reason it was given the name "Devil's Ivy" is because it’s considered impossible to kill! In subtropical and tropical gardens outside its natural range this plant has naturalised itself and has been classified as invasive in many countries. For this reason its best to keep it confined in pots indoors or on the patio. Read more below about Devils Ivy, and how to care for it indoors.

Image by hartonosubagio from PixabayImage by hartonosubagio from PixabayDespite their exotic appearance birds nest ferns are surprisingly easy to care for. And if you understand their needs, even beginner gardeners can grow them. Read more below about what it needs to thrive and grow, including light, soil, water, temperature, humidity, fertilising, mounting, propagation, repotting, and other interesting facts.

What to do in your garden in December

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 10:02

Image by Alexa from PixabayImage by Alexa from PixabayWhether you are going away or staying at home, December can be a very busy month in the garden. From pruning to lawn care, planting instant colour to tending to your roses, lawn and veggie patch, you can read all about what you need to do in your garden  below.

Agapanthus praecox 'White' Agapanthus praecox 'White' Two types of plants are recommended for a firescaped garden: ‘fire retardant’ and ‘fire resistant’. These, together with a planting method which is designed to slow down a fire, and most importantly to create a safe zone around your home, will go a long way in protecting your home and family. It’s really quite simple! Read more below.

Aloe arborescensAloe arborescensThe list below includes both exotic and indigenous plants that can be used in  all three zones of a firescaped garden: The fire resistant ‘Buffer Zone’ on the perimeter of the property; the ‘Garden or Medium-Resistance Zone’, and the 3m wide ‘Low Resistance Zone’ closest to the home. Read more below.

Karee, Rooikaree, iNhlangutshane  (Searsia lancea)Karee, Rooikaree, iNhlangutshane (Searsia lancea)There are some core reasons why you should plant fire retardant trees and shrubs around the perimeter or high resistance zone of your property to make your home safer if a wildfire sweeps through. Read more below.

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