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Top 5 uses for coffee grounds in the garden.

1. Coffee grounds can be used as a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds and prevent the soil from drying out. 

2. Steep 2 cups of grounds in 2 L of water over night and then use as a fertilizer.

3. Grounnds make the soil acidic so is useful for Clivias.

4. Add then to your compost heap as the are a good source of nitrogen and tannic acid.

5. Sprinkle around plants to prevent slugs and snails from gettig at your plants. Top 


5 tips for using home made insecticides.

1. Try your brew on a few leaves of 1 plant and then watch them over the next few days. If there is no yellowing of the leaves, spray the whole plant. 2. Spray both surfaces of the leaves. 3. Spray once a week and if after a few days you don't see any results, then spray every 5 days. 4. In very hot weather, spray at the end of the day. 5. If it has been raining, wait for the leaves to dry before spraying.

Create an indigenous wildlife friendly garden

To create a garden that will attract wildlife and birds one needs to choose a wide variety of trees and plants that fruit and flower throughout the year, so as to provide a constant supply of food and nectar. Then create these habitats within your garden. 1. Water is essential so provide a wetland with a pond or a birdbath. I often see dragonflies above our pond! 2. Sand bathing is enjoyed by birds and guineafowl so just leave a patch of soil unplanted. 3. The open area is a lawn or a meadow with wild grasses and low growing groundcovers.

Top 5 pruning tips

1. Don't prune more than you need to. 2. Prune when the tree is not actively growing. So winter would be best. 3. Remember when one is pruning that the reason that we prune is to encourage new growth and to get rid of dead wood. 4. Cut back to create the right shape for your garden. If you need to screen an ugly wall then keep the plant at the correct height and let it become bushy. 5. Utilize the branches that you have cut off by cutting them into short lengths and using them as mulch under the tree. They will eventually break down into compost.

Garden ideas for small spaces

1. Illusion is a trick that works well. Put up a mirror that makes the garden look twice it's size. 2. A group of grasses creates the illusion of a meadow. It also creates movement and shadows. 3. Strong lines of paths add interest. 4. A focal point is necessary to make one stop and look. A pot or a statue would do it. 5. A low retaining wall of 30 cm gives one the idea of a bigger space.

How to grow healthy indigenous succulents

Here are 5 pointers. 1. Make sue that you have well drained soil and dig in some washed river sand. 2. Don't over water as they thrive on neglect. 3. Fertilize as you would with the rest of your garden. 4. Make sure that there is sufficient air circulation and sun. 5. Don't over plant and leave space for the plants to grow.

Top 5 Tips to create a courtyard garden

1. Keep it simple. If space is limited use cool colours like blue, green, grey and white. 2. Trelllis, mirrors and garden art add interest and create depth. 3. A water feature adds interest and creates peace and tranquility. 4. Less is more so choose furniture to suit your house and your lifestyle. 5. Select your plants carefully as they need to look good all year.

Top 5 Natural Pesticide recipes from your vegetable garden

Pests quickly become acclimatized to a particular smell or taste so use one of these remedies for a week and then switch to another.


1.Potato leaf tea  is a general pesticide to deter all pests.

   1 cup leaves and 2 cups water.

   Chop the leaves and cover with boiling water. Leave in the sun for a few days,

   strain and spray as required.


2. Garlic, chilli and onion spray for thrips, aphids, grasshoppers, chewing bugs.

     2 chillies, 1 whole garlic bulb, 1 onion and ¼ cup of water.


Top 5 tips for creating an indigenous bird and wildlife friendly garden

  1. The most important consideration is to refrain from using any commercial pesticides. Research environmentally friendly ways of deterring those critters that eat your plants but do remember that they are the food for the birds that you want to entice into your space.
  2. Create an exclusion area where you spend little time and allow nature to take its course. Do leave a log to decay and provide insect food. If you position this area so that it is visible from your patio you will have a bird’s eye view of the visitors to your garden.


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