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Frost hardy climbers and groundcovers

Climbers Clematis brachiata – Traveller’s Joy (white) Gloriosa superba – Flame Lily (orange) Podranea – Port St John’s or Zimbabwe creeper (pink) Groundcovers Artotheca calendula – Cape Marigold (Yellow) Asparagus sp – Cat’s Tails Asparagus Bulbine frutescens – Stalked Bulbine (Yellow) Carpobrotis – Sour Fig – (Pink) Crassula expansa – Felicia amelloides – Kingfisher daisy (blue/white) Helichrysum sp – (white/yellow) Gazania rigens – Trailing Gazania (yellow/ white) Lampranthus - Vygies Lobelia species Osteospermum – Mauve and white trailing daisy Othonna capensis - Scabiosa - Pincushion

Courtyard Gardens.

Court Yard Gardens STEP 1: Keep it simple. Consider the style of furniture, number of chairs and shape of the table to best fit the space, without making it look cluttered. Carry a theme right the way through. STEP 2: Create space. Try to use similar materials to build walls as used on the rest of the house. Trellis, wooden slats and small openings help to create space. Mirrors and garden art add interest and create depth. If the area is small, use cool colours, such as blue, green, grey and white. STEP 3: Add water.

Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one.

Converting an exotic garden into an indigenous one. What an exciting project! Converting your garden is fun and very interesting. It certainly is rewarding to see the fruits of your labour not only in beautiful flowers but also seeing the birds and butterflies which will start visiting your new indigenous plants.

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 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.

Bees interesting facts.

To produce 500g of honey bees have to fly 55,000 km and they fly at 24 km per hour. Bees only live for 6 weeks and during their lifetime they produce half a teaspoon of honey. Each bee visits up to 100 flowers on a foraging trip, and as they pollinate 170,000 plant species, they are considered the largest pollinators in the world. 80 % of fruit and vegetables need bees to produce honey. A third of the foods that we eat are dependent on pollination. Bees require fresh water in a garden, and they play an important role in the environmental health. .

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!

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.

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.

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!

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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