Seasonal Gardening

August in the Garden

We’re not quite yet done with winter, but it is certainly time to start planning and planting for warmer weather. Remember, spring is just around the corner and all garden centres are stocked to the brim with instant colour.
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Denim-Jean Planter

Denim is all the rage in the fashion world at the moment - why not bring this fabulous fashion into your garden thinking too, and make a statement with it on your patio or indoors.
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July in the garden

Good gardeners always look ahead, even in the dead of winter. Apart from still planting deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers, one should also plant annuals and perennials which are just beginning to show colour now, as it will result in a rainbow of eye candy in early spring.
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Effortless Beauty

Petunias are renowned for three reasons; they’ve been around forever (known since the mid 1700s at least), they’re generous bloomers and there’s a petunia to suit every season.
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The Long and the Short of It

July’s companions bring a cheery sight and smell to any winter garden. Both thriving in cooler climates, pansies and foxgloves are a statement couple.
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Hanging around this winter

Hanging around this winter

Hanging herb garden With more and more people opting to live in gated estates here in sunny South Africa, we find that gardens with plenty of space are becoming a thing of the past.
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June in the garden

The days might be shorter now, and the nights long and cold, but ‘green fingers’ will still be twitching and there is always something to do in the garden.
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Winter Sun Winners

Winter Sun Winners
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May in the garden

Gardening in May is like putting a baby to bed. You clean it up, feed it, play awhile, kiss it goodnight and cover it warmly with a blanket.
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Painted Plant Stone Markers Painted Plant Stone Markers

Painted Plant Stone Markers
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On the snail trail On the snail trail

On the snail trail
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Back to school with healthy snacks

In January, most food gardens will have a variety of vegetables to harvest: corn, tomatoes, spinach, beetroot, brinjals, beans, carrots, green peppers and members of the pumpkin family like zucchini (courgettes) and butternuts.
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Marigold – Mother Mary’s Gold

When one hears the word “Marigold” it’s virtually impossible not to think of the gorgeous golden colour that many marigolds offer us.
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Dianthus – Flowers of the Gods

To mean, Flowers of the Gods, such is the reverence of the dianthus bloom. From the Greek words dios, meaning “god” and anthos, meaning “flower”, the Greek botanist, Theophrastus, cited the perfect mix in the name, dianthus.
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Coleus – Leave it Out

Taking a look at the common names for coleus, it doesn’t take much imagination to tell, it’s all about the leaves.
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Veggie and Herb Garden

It’s time to get the kids excited about eating some greens and is there a better way than to get them to choose their own, plant their own, grow their own and harvest their own?
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Sponge Lettuce

What holds water but is full of holes? A Sponge! Did you know you can grow lettuce in one too? Get the kids to try this wonderfully simple activity this weekend.
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Portulcaria Afra

Portulacaria afra is a succulent shrub with small rounded leaves and a contrasting red stem. It is an evergreen and performs best in a sunny positions.
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Garden Care in March

What to Do: March is maintenance month! So here are a few pointers for prepping your garden for the cooler months that lie ahead: Prepare beds for autumn annual planting.
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March in the garden

Mother Nature is holding her breath. She is calming her winds, lengthening her shadows and cooling down the sun’s rays in preparation for a seasonal change.
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