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Aloe flowering guide

January
Aloe tenuior, Rambling, 3m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
February
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
March
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
Aloe zebrina, Spotted Aloe, 0.5m
Aloe cooperi, Grass Aloe, 1.2m
April
Aloe dyeri, Spotted (Shade), 2m
May
Aloe marlothii, Single Stem, 2-4m

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Create a garden for bees

Creating 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

Game - trees utilised by game.

This list will be useful if you need to rehabilitate a game farm.
It will also make your next trip to a wilderness area more interesting
as you observe what the game are eating.
We have not listed the grass species.
Acacia burkei – Leaves browsed by black rhino, elephant, giraffe, kudu, nyala, impala, steenbuck and grey duiker. Pods by game and bushbabies. Gum by monkeys.
Acacia caffra – considered a good fodder tree, utilized by black rhino.

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Plants that provide nectar for sunbirds all year

Sunbird Food All Year

 Spring – Watsonia, Pincushions, Cotyledon orbiculata, Schotia brachypetala, Strelitzia            reginae, Erythrina, Halleria lucida, Tecoma capensis

  Summer – Kniphofia uvaria, Burchellia bubaline, Agapanthus inapertus, Ericas, Aloe striata, Aloe cooperii

 Autumn – Leonotis leonurus, Velthemia bracteata, Strelitzia reginae, Tecoma capensis

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Edible Indigenous plants

Edible Indigenous
A variety of indigenous plants have been eaten over the years.
Most are cooked before being eaten, other than fruit and some leaves
which are used as a relish.
Leaves – about 120 species are eaten
These are mostly cooked and then dry meal is added to make a green
porridge, fresh leaves are then added just before serving.
Cooked leaves are also made into cakes which are served as a side dish.
At the end of summer, leaves are dried for winter use.
Acacia caffra - Common Hook Thorn

Top 5 uses for coffee grounds in the garden.

1. Coffee grounds can be used as a mulch to prevent the growth of weeds and prevent the soil from drying out. 

2. Steep 2 cups of grounds in 2 L of water over night and then use as a fertilizer.

3. Grounnds make the soil acidic so is useful for Clivias.

4. Add then to your compost heap as the are a good source of nitrogen and tannic acid.

5. Sprinkle around plants to prevent slugs and snails from gettig at your plants. Top 

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How to stop cats from digging in your garden bed.

Take a spray bottle and fill to 4/5 with water. Add several drops of one of the following essential oil: peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass or lavender. You could also do this for your house plants or to stop cats from scratching furniture. Adding coffee grounds around the plants also helps to keep cats away. 

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Informal hedging, screen, wind-break.

Aloe arborescens Bauhinia galpini Bauhinia tomentosa Brachyleana discolor Buddleja auriculata Buddleja saligna Buddleja salvifolia Chrysanthemoides monilifera Coleonema alba Diospyros lycioides Diospyros whyteana Dodonaea angustifolia Dovyalis caffra Duvernoia angustifolia Ehretia rigida Freylinia lanceolata Freylinia tropica Gardenia cornuta Gardenia thunbergii Gardenia volkensii Grewia occidentalis Halleria lucida Kiggelaria africana Leucosidea sericea Noltea africana Olea europea subsp africana Plumbago aurticulata Phoenix reclinata Pittosporum viridiflorum Podocarpus henkelii
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