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January 2017

Caring for your New Garden

Keep all exposed soil well mulched to minimize water and nutrient loss by the sun. The mulch (3-5cm of leaves, dried grass cuttings and soft plant material) eventually turns into compost as an added bonus. Do not till the beds. It disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms of the soil. Loosen slightly if compacted after applying fertilizer and slightly dig in the yearly dose of compost if still warm. For the first month, water daily and water trees deeply twice a week. After that, generally water less frequently,
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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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