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Butterfly bait - make your own

Butterfly Bait

 

This bait will attract butterflies into your garden or onto your balcony.

 

2.5 Kg sugar

1 cup molasses or sugar

1 cup fruit juice

1 or 2 cans stale beer

3 mashed over-ripe bananas

1 shot of rum

 

Mix well and paint on trees, fence posts, rocks or pots, or simply soak a sponge in the mixture and hang it in a tree.

Day of Pink

What is the Day of Pink?

April 11, 2018 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

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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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