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Image by Charlotte Baines from PixabayImage by Charlotte Baines from PixabayHome grown carrots are healthy and full of flavour and texture. In this article you will learn everything you need to know about growing and harvesting them, plus which crops are good companions for carrots. Tasty kitchen tips are also included, plus their health benefits.

Edible ginger is so easy to grow at home

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 14:40
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Ginger Root - Picture courtesy PixabayGinger Root - Picture courtesy PixabayEdible ginger is easy to grow and a popular spice worldwide with incredible health benefits. Here’s everything you need to know about growing and using it at home.

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Garlic - Picture courtesy PixabayGarlic - Picture courtesy PixabayGarlic, be it raw, pickled, baked, or boiled, is the cornerstone of cuisines the world over and renowned for its health-giving properties. Here’s everything you need to know about growing and using garlic.

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Turmeric FlowerTurmeric FlowerTurmeric is a tropical perennial but can be grown in cold regions. Here's everything you need to know about using and growing it at home from a store-bought rhizome - in the garden, in pots, and even indoors.

You just can't go wrong with Draceanas!

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 15:10
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Draceana 'Lemon Lime'Draceana 'Lemon Lime'The dracaena is a popular, easy to care for indoor pot plant in South Africa, and in the warmer subtropical regions of the country it makes a wonderful ornamental plant for the garden. Here’s everything you need to know about your potential new plant friend.

The orchid tree is beautiful but invasive

Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:05
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Bauhinia variegata Picture courtesy Christoph Diewald see his flickr pageBauhinia variegata Picture courtesy Christoph Diewald see his flickr pageRead more about the orchid trees (Bauhinia variegata) invasive status in South Africa and which indigenous bauhinias to plant as substitutes.

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Bauhinia galpinii Picture courtesy Carl E LewisBauhinia galpinii Picture courtesy Carl E LewisThe Pride-of-De-Kaap flowers for a very long time in summer and can be grown in pots or pruned to keep it smaller. It is a good coastal plant and also tolerates frost. Read all about growing and using it in the garden below.

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Bauhinia tomentosa. Picture courtesy Ton Rulkens - See flickr pageBauhinia tomentosa. Picture courtesy Ton Rulkens - See flickr pageIf you are looking for a plant which grows quickly and flowers almost continuously, the yellow bauhinia fits the bill. It is low maintenance, tolerates frost once established, and is invaluable for attracting wildlife to the garden. Find out how to grow and use it in the garden below.

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viola hederaceaviola hederaceaIt is a fast spreading evergreen perennial groundcover which flowers for a very long time and grows in shade and sun. Read all about it below.

Gardening trends for 2021

Wednesday, 13 January 2021 10:13
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Balcony garden using a monochromatic colour scheme Image by alusruvi from PixabayBalcony garden using a monochromatic colour scheme Image by alusruvi from PixabayWith all the mayhem going on in the world today, more and more new gardeners are discovering the rewards and peace of mind that gardening brings, and seasoned gardeners are putting their skills to full use, while experimenting with new gardening techniques with great enthusiasm. Read all about the latest gardening trends below.

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Bauhinia natalensis. Picture courtesy Bárbol see flickr pageBauhinia natalensis. Picture courtesy Bárbol see flickr pageThe Natal bauhinia (Bauhinia natalensis) is low maintenance, water-wise, and a lovely ornamental for even the smallest of gardens, with its attractive foliage and gorgeous white flowers. Find out everything you need to know about growing it below.

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Heliconia rostrata Image by William Pomares from PixabayHeliconia rostrata Image by William Pomares from PixabayTropical gardeners are lucky to get some of the most fascinating flowering plants to grow, and Heliconias, also commonly called Lobster Claws, Parrot Flowers, and False Bird-of-paradise, are one of them, and sure to command attention all summer long. Learn how to grow them successfully below.

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Pink Splendour' in winterPink Splendour' in winterCoprosma hybrids are low-maintenance, water-wise and problem free shrubs, which remain firm favourites with South African gardeners because they are available from dwarfs to taller growers, and their colourful glossy leaves are perfect for pots and filling gaps in shady and sunny garden beds. Read all about them in this article.

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Poinsettia Christmas Tree. Image by Michelle Maria from PixabayPoinsettia Christmas Tree. Image by Michelle Maria from PixabayLearn how to keep your Poinsettia thriving right through the festive season, and with the correct care you can even keep them blooming for years. In frost-free regions they also make great filler plants for garden beds. Read all about them in this article.

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