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Bats in the garden

There are 56 bat species in South Africa and they are either insectivorous and eat mosquitoes, moths and beetles so do leave a dead tree in the garden which will attract insects. Fruit eaters and nectar feeders help with pollination and seed dispersal. To encourage and keep bats, keep an environmentally friendly space without the use of insecticides and poisons. Put up a light to attract the insects which will then attract the bats. Make sure that you have tall trees in which they roost. The fruit bats eat big, juicy ripe fruit so plant a few fruit trees and Ficus species for them.
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Fragrant Leaves

Fragrant leaves are useful if you are doing a flower arrangement as they freshen the air. They can also be used for potpourri. Some people use the crushed leaves of Plectranthus as a body wipe or wash. They grow best in the shade or semi shade. Artemesia afra is a medicinal plant with very strongly scented leaves that are used to cure sinus and other ailments. Clausena arisata's common name is "perde pis" so that gives you an idea of how pungent they are. They are however boiled as a tea to cleanse the body internally. These trees attract butterflies.
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Trees eaten by giraffe

Berchemia zeyherri Red Ivory, Bolusanthus speciosus Tree Westeria, Boscia albitrunca Sheperd’s tree, Cassia abbreviate Sjambok pod, Colophospermum mopane Mopane, Combretum apiculatum Red bushwillow, Combretum erythrophylum River bushwillow, Combretum hereoense Russet bushwillow, Combretum imberbe Leadwood, Combretum zeyheri Larged-fruited bushwillow, Dichrostachys cinerea Small-leaved sicklebush, Diospyros mespiliformis Jackalberry, Dombeya rotundifolia Wild pear, Fairherbia albida Ana tree, Ficus burkei Common wild fig, Ficus sansibarica Knob fig,
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Why plant indigenous?

Why Plant Indigenous Indigenous is trendy as there is a worldwide swing towards organics and planting local species. • Indigenous plants (sometime also called native plants) are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. These plants occur in communities, that is, they have evolved together with other plants. As a result, a community of indigenous plants provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as songbirds and butterflies. •
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Epsom Salts benefits your garden

Magnesium sulphate is beneficial in many ways. 1. Prevent transplant shock by sprinkling 1 teaspoon around your newly transplanted plant and water well. Also helps with the germination of seeds. 2. Yellow leaves indicate a magnesium deficiency in the soil so add 1 Tablespoon for every 30 cm of plant height and do this once a month. 3. Remove a tree stump by drilling holes in the stump and filling them with Epsom Salts and it will slowly start breaking down the stump. 4. Leaf Curl is another sign of deficiency in the soil.
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Planting bare rooted Aloes successfully

If you have been given an Aloe that has been dug out of the ground, do leave it on top of the soil so that the roots can dry out for at least a week.When planting some of the old roots should be visible above the ground so don't plant it too deep. Water well after planting and then wait 3 weeks in summer and 2 months in winter before watering again. If your Aloe is not making progress dig it up carefully and leave it in the shade of a tree, lying on its side for a month before replanting. Don't plant it too deep and don't over water. Follow the watering guidelines.
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Why plant indigenous?

Why Plant Indigenous? Indigenous is trendy as there is a worldwide swing towards organics and planting local species. • Indigenous plants (sometime also called native plants) are plants that have evolved over thousands of years in a particular region. They have adapted to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. These plants occur in communities, that is, they have evolved together with other plants. As a result, a community of indigenous plants provides habitat for a variety of native wildlife species such as birds and butterflies.
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Dealing with weeds

When starting a new flower bed one can put down a large sheet of plastic and cut out the plastic in the places where you want to plant trees and shrubs. One can then cover the plastic with mulch, gravel, pebbles or wood chips. They say that if you plant close together then the weeds are crowded out. A thick layer of mulch will deter weed growth and will also provide structure and fertilizer to your soil. If you have weeds growing in the garden then digging them out individually is far better then digging over the soil in the bed as this brings new weed seed to the surface.
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Garlic spray

This spray will deter insects and can also be used on Powdery Mildew. Simply grind 2 whole garlic bulbs, not 2 little cloves and add to 2 cups of boiling water. Let it steep overnight. Strain through cheese cloth into 3.5 liters of water and add 1T liquid dishwasher. This can be stored in the fridge for a whole summer. It's referable to spray in the morning and the late afternoon.
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