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Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one.

Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one. What an exciting project! Converting your garden is fun and very interesting. It certainly is rewarding to see the fruits of your labour not only in beautiful flowers but also seeing the birds and butterflies which will start visiting your new indigenous plants.

Dragon flies in the garden

It's wonderful to have a pond and bog garden to attract dragon flies as they are beautiful to watch and they eat mosquitoes. The pond needs to be at least 50 cm deep and would need some tall plants that they will use as a perch. The bog garden would need a damp, muddy area where the females will lay their eggs. They are sensitive to air pollution and poisons, so don't use insecticides. Make sure that you have a bench nearby so that you can sit and watch these beautiful creatures.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

This is an audio book written by Florence Williams. "For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.

Trees eaten by giraffe

Berchemia zeyherri Red Ivory, Bolusanthus speciosus Tree Westeria, Boscia albitrunca Sheperd’s tree, Cassia abbreviate Sjambok pod, Colophospermum mopane Mopane, Combretum apiculatum Red bushwillow, Combretum erythrophylum River bushwillow, Combretum hereoense Russet bushwillow, Combretum imberbe Leadwood, Combretum zeyheri Larged-fruited bushwillow, Dichrostachys cinerea Small-leaved sicklebush, Diospyros mespiliformis Jackalberry, Dombeya rotundifolia Wild pear, Fairherbia albida Ana tree, Ficus burkei Common wild fig, Ficus sansibarica Knob fig,

Planting bare rooted Aloes successfully

If you have been given an Aloe that has been dug out of the ground, do leave it on top of the soil so that the roots can dry out for at least a week.When planting some of the old roots should be visible above the ground so don't plant it too deep. Water well after planting and then wait 3 weeks in summer and 2 months in winter before watering again. If your Aloe is not making progress dig it up carefully and leave it in the shade of a tree, lying on its side for a month before replanting. Don't plant it too deep and don't over water. Follow the watering guidelines.

Garlic spray

This spray will deter insects and can also be used on Powdery Mildew. Simply grind 2 whole garlic bulbs, not 2 little cloves and add to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep overnight. Strain through cheese cloth into 3.5 liters of water and add 1T liquid dishwasher. This can be stored in the fridge for a whole summer. It's referable to spray in the morning and the late afternoon.

Water saving ideas

The most efficient way to water is using a drip system which is on a timer and which works at night, except in the winter. During the winter be sure to only water in the mornings. We all forget that the sprinkler is on, so either install a timer that will switch off the water, or set a timer on your phone or watch. A watering can is a sensible way to water newly planted seed or plants as you will then know exactly how much water you are giving the plants. Gardeners love to fleetingly water the top 2 cm of soil and this will evaporate very quickly.


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