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Home made preventive spray and insecticide

Simply mix 1 cup of dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil. Store this concentrate in an airtight container. One can spray every 3 days by mixing 2 tablespoons in 2 litres of water. This smothers the insects and mites and they suffocate. Don't forget to spray under the leaves, on the flowers, buds and new shoots.
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24 September is Heritage Day

What to do on Heritage Day? Plant an indigenous tree. Pull out alien invaders. Learn the folklore of a plant or the medicinal value of a plant and share that with a child. Visit the local Botanical Garden. Make a meal using indigenous ingredients like Tulbaghia violace in a stew or chopped into a salad. The flowers are also edible!
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Creating a wildlife Garden

Plant a large variety of trees, shrubs and grasses for the seed eaters. Choose trees and shrubs that will provide fruit, seed and flowers for the nectar lovers. The trees will provide protection from predators. The leafy canopy provides cover from the sun, wind and rain. Put up bird feeders, nesting logs, an owl house and bat boxes. Don't forget to provide water. Don't use pesticides and plant with organic compost. Mulch is important. A pile of old tree logs will provide a great home and feast for the insects as well as the insect eating birds.
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How to keep the frogs in your garden happy

Frogs are an asset in the garden as they eat insects and mosquitoes. Make sure that you provide a pond and a wetland . The more secluded the better and keep dogs away. Provide some shelter for the frogs. Take a flower pot and put it on its side as this makes a wonderful home for frogs. Don't use pesticides and stick to organic fertilizer.
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Creating an owl friendly garden

There are different owl boxes for various owls. The Barnowl prefers a closed owl box with an oval entrance hole whereas the spotted eagle owls like an open sided owl box. Do provide them with water and tall trees where they can roost as well as use them as a lookout point to search for food. Owls enjoy rats and mice so don't put out any poison to kill them. If you hear the owl at night you will know that you are privileged as your garden has passed the test!
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getting rid of ants in your home or patio

1. Soak cottonwool buds in half a teaspoon of cinnamon oil in 1 cup of water. These can then be used to wipe down counters or left in corners where the ants have moved in. 2. Half a cup of vinegar mixed with half a cup of water is used to spray affected areas. 3. A few drops of lemon, peppermint or Tea Tree essential oil is added to a spray bottle of water. The ants don't like the strong smell. 4. Take chalk and draw a line across their entrance. 5. Rock dust, food grade Diatomaceus earth sprinkled will also deter ants as they don't like walking thorough it or chalk.
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The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

This is an audio book by kristin Ohlson. "Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world’s soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet.
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The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

This is an audio book by Thor Hanson. "We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilisations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.
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