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LANDSCAPED & CONSTRUCTED BY: Ornamental Horticulture students from UNISA, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Duban University of Technology (DUT)

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How to prune deciduous fruit trees

Monday, 22 July 2019 16:05
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Image by Pablo Pablasty from PixabayImage by Pablo Pablasty from PixabayDuring the first 3 years of growth all deciduous fruit trees are shaped in the same way. Correct pruning during the first 3 years will create the basic framework for your tree, and from then on the tree is pruned for fruit production.

Easy guidelines for pruning roses

Monday, 22 July 2019 15:25
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Image by pasja1000 from PixabayImage by pasja1000 from PixabayThere is no need to be fearful of pruning your roses and there are no hard and fast rules. Always remember that you cannot prune wrong and it takes a lot to kill a plant. Although roses differ in growth habit the basic pruning routine is the same, and is done mainly to encourage rejuvenation, and to clean up the plant by removing old and diseased growth and shortening the bush. In nature an un-pruned rose will sort itself out, so all we are doing is encouraging nature and keeping it under control.

Cheerful Kalanchoes for your garden & home

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:52
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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana Image by Karolina Grabowska from PixabayKalanchoe blossfeldiana Image by Karolina Grabowska from PixabayAll Kalanchoes are popular plants for the garden and home, but the little ones, appropriately called “Flaming Katy” have become one of the most popular flowering succulents in South Africa and the world. People love to use them for instant colour indoors because they are easy to care for and are available all year round in full bloom. And, because they are inexpensive they can be discarded once they’ve finished blooming. However, frugal gardeners transplant them into the garden or outdoor pots, knowing that if cared for correctly, they will return and flower again every winter and spring.

Crystals and gemstones for your garden

Thursday, 04 July 2019 18:10
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Quartz Image by Sharon McCutcheon from PixabayQuartz Image by Sharon McCutcheon from PixabayWhen people hear the word “crystal” many will associate it with chandeliers, wedding goblets or bowls, some may think of snow or salt, and others will immediately think of them in their beautiful symmetric mineral and rock forms,  produced by the earth over millions of years. Mankind has always had an affinity with crystals, and places like New Mexico and Arizona have known energy vortexes, caused by meteorites and other natural phenomenon that produced an exponential amount of crystals in the earth.

New Potato and Asparagus

Monday, 24 June 2019 12:30
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Hadeco Potato Pot Hadeco Potato Pot Gardeners who love growing and eating their own produce, are in for a particularly fine treat this winter. In June and July, renowned bulb growers, Hadeco, will be supplying nurseries around the country with sets of top quality asparagus crowns and certified clean seed potatoes.

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An excerpt from my new e-book "Growing Culinary Herbs in South Africa"

For most people, bay is the least understood herb, and one which is tossed into soups and stews without a second thought, and then relegated to the back of the spice cabinet once again. This is understandable because the aromatic leaf from the bay tree doesn't taste like much other than, well, a leaf! But steep a few leaves in a warm broth or sauce and your dish will become infused with fragrant flavour.

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Moth Orchid. Image by Albrecht Fietz from PixabayMoth Orchid. Image by Albrecht Fietz from PixabayThe exquisite moth orchids are popular among novice and experienced growers alike because they are easy to grow and produce the elegant arching sprays of long-lasting blooms that can be seen in so many design magazines across the world.

The name Phalaenopsis is derived from the Greek and means "resembling a moth." It was so named because the white and pink species growing on trees in the wild resemble flights of moths at twilight.

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Recycled baby food jars with succulents. Image by Erica from PixabayRecycled baby food jars with succulents. Image by Erica from PixabayThere are many reasons why ordinary people around the world are opting to become more self-sufficient. For many it’s just common sense to reduce their carbon footprint by reusing, recycling, growing what they can at home, and supporting local farmers. For others it is all about becoming so self-sufficient that they no longer need to rely on the electrical grid for power, and municipalities for water. Modern homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make; so if you live in a city and dream of someday being able to work the land and becoming a modern homesteader, there’s no need to wait any longer because you can easily do many homesteading activities in the city.

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CamelliaCamelliaJune is an interesting gardening month and the shortest day and longest night is on June 21st, after which the days gradually start getting longer, but very slowly at first so that you hardly realise it. And in the warmer regions, after about three weeks, you will notice that many plants have already begun to grow again - spring in Durban starts in late July!  

If you live in the warmer subtropical regions of the country the temperatures are perfect for gardening now; so while the rest of us freeze, why not get stuck into your garden and implement all those changes you planned on doing this summer, but just never got around too.

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Asparagus. Picture courtesy Julie FalkAsparagus. Picture courtesy Julie FalkYou don't need a large garden to cultivate asparagus yourself, and all you need is patience, because although asparagus is easy to grow, it takes at least a year or two from the time you plant until you can start harvesting, but as the plant gets older, more and more shoots are available for harvest over a longer period of time. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable, meaning it will come back year after year on its own, and once you have an established asparagus patch, relatively little effort is required to maintain the plants. Because asparagus plants have a 10 to 15 year life expectancy, you will save a small fortune over the years on buying expensive asparagus from the supermarket.

Peace Lilies improve air quality.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:40
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Peace Lilies can grow outdoors - Image by Adriano Gadini from PixabayPeace Lilies can grow outdoors - Image by Adriano Gadini from Pixabay

Peace Lilies are renowned for improving air quality indoors.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) Peace lilies are one of the most commonly known houseplants in South Africa and also one of the easiest to grow and may be grown outdoors in frost free regions. The NASA Clean Air Study found that these plants are fantastic for improving air quality indoors because they have one of the top removal rates of toxic solvents like formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and carbon monoxide.

Plant Blueberries

Friday, 05 April 2019 13:16
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Blueberry bush. Picture courtesy skeeze from PixabayBlueberry bush. Picture courtesy skeeze from Pixabay

Autumn is a great time to plant blueberries

Blueberries are sweet, highly nutritious and wildly trendy right now because they have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the popular fruits and vegetables; earning them the label “superfood.” They are also easy to grow if the correct soil conditions are met, are resilient against pests and diseases, and will provide you and your family with an abundance of fruit for many decades to come – so you really go can’t go wrong with blueberries.