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February 2018

Plants that horses don't eat

Horses don’t eat the following:

 Living in the heart of a horsey area, we are often asked what horses don’t eat.

I asked a friend who has many horses and is an avid gardener.

This is her list.

 Trees

Searsia lancea

Olea Africana

Acacia sieberana

Acacia karoo

Any thorn tree will be avoided

 Groundcovers

Agapanthus blue and white

Aloes – all the prickly ones

Clivia miniata

Dietes grandiflora

Dietes bicolor

Dietes iridoides

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Autumn is the best time to plant trees.

There is a false perception in the gardening world that autumn is the end of the growing season. In fact, it is quite the contrary. Autumn is an ideal season for planting trees and plants. The key is encouraging good root growth. Planting trees and shrubs in autumn enables the root systems to grow before the hot summer returns.The soil stays warm well after the air temperature cools and this encourages root growth.

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Indigenous Plants for Tortoise food.

Barlaria obtusa - Bush Violet
Berula erecta – Water Parsnip
Bulbine natalensis - Broad Leaved Bulbine
Chlorophytum comosum 'vittatum' – Hen & Chicks
Cotyledon orbiculata - Pig's Ear
Eriocephalus africanus - Wild Rosemary
Gazania krebsiana – Terracotta Gazania
Geranium
Gerbera jamesonii – Barberton Daisy
Grasses
Hibiscus
Kalanchoe
Lampranthus - Vygie
Mackaya bella - Forest Bell Bush
Mesembreanthum
Osteospermum
Pelargonium
Portulacaria afra - Spekboom

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Create a garden for bees

Plant a variety of plants that flower throughout the year. Bees like flowers that are blue ,yellow ,violet and purple. Bees are attracted to fragrant flowers.
Avoid the use of pesticides.
Trees
Acacia karroo - Sweet Thorn
Berchemia zeheri – Red Ivory
Brachylaena discolour - Forest Silver Oak
Buddleja saligna - False Olive
Buddleja salvifolia - Sagewood
Calodendrum capensis - Cape Chestnut
Carissa macrocarpa - Big Num Num
Combretum erythrophyllum - River Bushwillow

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Flowering plants occurring on the Highveld that we grow.

Agapanthus inapertus, Aloe arborescens, Aloe greatheadii, Aloe marlothii, Ammocharis coranica, Barlaria obtuse, Boophane disticha, Bulbine abyssinica, Clematis brachiata, Crinum bulbispermum, Crinum macowanii, Delosperma herbeum, Dierama medium, Eucomis autumnalis, Gladiolus dalenii, Gomphostigma virgatum, Hypoxis hemerocallidea, Scadoxus puniceus,  

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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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Bulbous Plants

Agapanthus inapertus - Drooping Agapanthus (Flowers in Jan to Mar)
Albuca nelsonii - Candelabrum Lily (Flowers in Sep to Dec)
Albuca tortulosa - (Flowers in Oct)
Ammocharis coranica - Ground Lily (Flowers in Oct to Jan))
Aristea ecklonii - Blue Stars (Flowers in Oct to Dec)
Boophane disticha – Tumbleweed (Flowers in Jul to Oct)
Bulbiine abyssinian - Golden Stars (Flowers in Spring)
Bulbine frutescens - Stalked Bulbine (Flowers in Sept to Jun)
Bulbine natalensis – Broad Leaved Bulbine (Flowers in Spring)

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Trees with aggressive roots

All ‘Acacia’ now Senegalia and Vachellia species – Thorn Trees

Breonadia salicina - Matumi

Bridelia micrantha - Mitzeeri

Buddleja salvifolia – Sage Bush

Cussonia paniculata – Highveld Cabbage Tree

Cussonia spicate – Lowveld Cabbage Tree

Erythrina latissima – Broad – Leaved Coral Tree

Erythrina lysistemon – Coral Tree

Ficus all species - Fig

Kigelia africana – Sausage Tree

Kirkia acuminata – White Syringa

Leucosidea sericea - Ouhout

Olea europea subsp africana – Wild Olive

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Creating a Cottage Garden using indigenous plants

Cottage gardens are charming and can be achieved by creating winding paths and arches laden with climbers like Thunbergia alata, Senecio macroglossus and the Jasminums.

Ideal small trees and shrubs are Polygala myrtifolia, Freylinia tropica, Mackaya bella for the shade, Bauhinia natalensis and tomentosa, Anisodontea Classic serice, Erythrina humeana, Grewia occidentalis And Leonotis leounrus.

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