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Tomato Leaf Pesticide

Tomato leaves are poisonous so do handle them with care while preparing this brew and don't use it to spray on vegetables or fruit in the garden. Crush tomato leaves and soak these in boiling water overnight or for a few days. Rinse and spray on grasshoppers and white fly.
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Indigenous groups of waterwise plants

There are several ways that plants are adapted to being waterwise. 1.Succulents are the first to come to mind. Consider plants like Aloes, Bulbine, Cotyledons, Portulacarya and Crassula families. 2. Some plants have a wax layer which prevents transpiration. Think of Grewia occidentalis and Jasminum multipartitum. 3. Families of small, needle-like leaves like the Agathosma, Coleonema and The Erica species. 4. Bulbs like Cyrtanthus, Scadoxus, Gladiolus, Gloriosa and those with tuberous roots like Kniphofia, Crinums and Dietes.
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Homemade Rooting hormones

If you are taking your own slips/cuttings do try these 2 rooting hormones. Make a weak honey solution. It's as simple as that! The other is a Willow bark tea. You can use the alien invader, Salix babylonica or our own Salix mucronata. Scrape about 1 T of the bark off the tree, put it in a pot of water, about 1 litre and bring to the boil. Allow to steep over night. Dip your cuttings into this solution before putting them into riversand/compost mix.
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Chillie, onion and garlic insecticide

Put 2 chillies, 1 large onion , a whole bulb of garlic and half a cup of water into the food processor. Put the resulting mash into a bucket and fill with hot water. Steep for 24 hours before using the liquid to spray on aphids, grasshoppers and all chewing and sucking insects. Bury the mash where the infestations are the worst. This is used to deter cut-worms, aphids, caterpillars, ants, slugs and snails.
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Indigenous plants for Rooftop Gardens

There are many advantages of green roofs other than just looking good. They help to stop the rain gushing down and therefor stop storm water runoff as well as keeping the building cooler indoors. The benefit to humans and animals is that the plants process the carbon dioxide from vehicles and produce oxygen, without which we would not live. They retard fires and help to reduce both noise and air pollution. Once planted up, they will require watering or irrigation until such time as the plants have established themselves.
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Indigenous plants to ensure that your sunbirds have nectar all year

Spring flowering trees which a rich in nectar are Schotia brachypetala, Erythrina and Halleria lucida. Shrubs include Watsonias, Tecoma capensis, Aloes and Strelitzia regina. Summer flowering plants include Burchellia bubalina, Kniphofia, and Agapanthus. Autumn flowering Aloes like Aloe dyeri, Leonotis and Velthemia . Winter has an abundant variety of Aloes, Salvia africana- lutea and Proteas.
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