Red scaleRed scaleScale insects infest many species of trees and shrubs and can do damage out of all proportion to their size. They often go unnoticed by gardeners until they start pruning in winter and spring, but luckily these are the best times to spray. Learn all about scale insects below.

Arctotis - Picture courtesy Gunera - see flickr linkArctotis - Picture courtesy Gunera - see flickr linkGarden centres around South Africa sell a beautiful selection of hybrid Arctotis in a lovely range of colours and growth habits, to brighten up any sunny space. They cope with a variety of harsh climatic conditions, are great water-wise coastal plants, and also do well inland. Learn how to grow and propagate Arctotis in your region.

 Image courtesy freepik Image courtesy freepik In most regions of South Africa July is traditionally known as the month when we prune, plant or transplant deciduous fruit trees, grape vines, roses and other deciduous plants. Many evergreens can also be moved at this time. Because the flow of plant sap is low in winter, pruning and transplanting at this time reduces the risk of infection, and the shock of transplanting.

Nandina has panicles of white flowers with showy yellow stamensNandina has panicles of white flowers with showy yellow stamens

Nandinas are perfect for busy gardeners - find out how to grow them and how both the tall and dwarf varieties can enhance your garden, not only with their beautiful white flowers, red berries and fiery coloured winter foliage, but also with their ease of growth and low maintenance requirements.

Peach blossoms - Image by jaqueline macou from PixabayPeach blossoms - Image by jaqueline macou from PixabayLearn everything about growing peaches & nectarines: Pruning, watering, feeding and spraying, companion planting, common pests and diseases, their health benefits and a lot more. Twenty six varieties of peaches and nectarines are discussed, each with a ‘mouth-watering’ photograph.

Your regional gardening guide for June

Friday, 05 June 2020 09:59

This article is a regional gardening guide which covers the most important things to do - and not to do - in your garden in June

Picture courtesy Michael Coghlan - see his flickr pagePicture courtesy Michael Coghlan - see his flickr pageThere are many innovative ways of shaping fruit trees to keep them smaller, and gardeners can even grow their own ‘fruit salad trees’ using simple grafting techniques,  and if you learn the art of espalier you can utilise the perimeter walls around your property to grow fruit. This article will inspire you to take a fresh new look at your garden and the spaces available to you to grow your own fruit.

Daubenya 'Mixed' Picture courtesy HadecoDaubenya 'Mixed' Picture courtesy HadecoFind out how to grow this little bulb so aptly called the “jewel of the desert”- one of the most showy of our indigenous species . In South Africa it is planted from March to May, to flower in winter and spring.

Guerrilla Gardening

Monday, 11 May 2020 12:38

Guerrilla Gardening Book By Richard Reynolds. Picture courtesy Gordon Joly see his flickr pageGuerrilla Gardening Book By Richard Reynolds. Picture courtesy Gordon Joly see his flickr pageAre you worried that our food supply chain will not hold up during these troubling times? If so, it’s time to seriously consider ‘guerrilla’ vegetable and fruit gardening.  And, once lockdown is over, if you can get your whole community involved, it can also be most empowering. Food is security, so read on to find out more about this fascinating subject.

Image by Achim Thiemermann from PixabayImage by Achim Thiemermann from PixabayLearn how to grow this easy cool season vegetable, discover its health benefits, and be inspired by innovative new ways of preparing it.

Proteas - the ancient shapeshifters

Friday, 10 April 2020 14:28

Proteas thrive in many climatic regions of South Africa, and there are types suitable for gardens large and small, many of which are listed below, so read more to find out how to grow these ancient plants.

Proteas are synonymous with South Africa and are grown the world over for their unique beauty. It’s hard to pinpoint what draws people to these almost rugged looking plants with their unusual flowers.

Herbs to treat winter illnesses

Monday, 06 April 2020 14:45

Many of the herbs growing in our gardens have wonderful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-oxidant properties.

If made into an herbal infusion (tea), and taken regularly, they can banish winter sicknesses like the common cold and flu.

Feed the birds during lockdown

Monday, 30 March 2020 11:55

Lockdown can teach families the simple pleasures of life

With South Africa under strict lockdown for COVID-19 and our shopping malls and restaurants, as well as open spaces like parks and playgrounds strictly out of bounds, our country has become eerily quiet. Early in the mornings, instead of the steady drone of traffic on our roads, all that can be heard are the sounds of ‘mother nature’ and especially the lovely sound of bird song.

Tips for cleaning the home during self-isolation and improving air quality indoors with pot plants.

In order to stem the spread of Covid-19, several countries across the world are under lockdown, with people being forced to stay indoors, with only brief forays allowed outdoors for a little solitary exercise or some essential shopping.

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