How to grow cauliflower

By |2016-11-22T13:51:41+02:00June 5th, 2014|Gardening|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Cauliflower cheese, cauliflower soup, cheesy toasts with cauliflower pickle – there are so many winter dishes to prepare with cauliflower that your own crop is almost essential. We show you how… If you’ll be growing cauliflower from seed, then it’s best to sow the seeds in seedling trays indoors. Use a good quality [...]

How to save water in the garden

By |2016-11-22T13:51:41+02:00May 29th, 2014|Gardening|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] You can’t avoid the fact that our planet faces a global water crisis. Even if you live in an area where rain falls regularly, you need to be sensible and learn how to save water. We find it so frustrating when we hear people say, ‘Well, I’m not going to let my garden [...]

How to grow onions

By |2016-11-22T13:51:43+02:00May 22nd, 2014|Gardening|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] There are few meals that don’t start with the chopping of an onion. But this humble vegetable is more than just a tasty addition to food. Onions contain natural sugar, vitamins A, B6, C and E, folic acid, minerals such as iron, potassium and sodium and dietary fibre. They are an ancient folk [...]

How to grow your own lemon tree

By |2016-06-30T12:28:44+02:00May 15th, 2014|Gardening|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] In our kitchen, we add lemon juice to almost any dish, from casseroles and roast chicken to salad dressings and cakes. Make sure you have a year-round stock by planting your own tree. Lemon trees grow easily and, when laden with fruit, are a real joy – and the fruit fills the kitchen [...]

How To Grow Sage

By |2016-11-22T13:51:43+02:00May 8th, 2014|Gardening|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Sage is an evergreen, perennial herb that grows to 30 centimetres in height. It’s a pretty plant with greyish-green leaves and purple flowers on spikes that emerge in late spring and summer (the flowers attract bees). The basics of how to grow sage are fairly simple. Plant sage in containers in a warm, [...]

Growing cabbage

By |2016-11-22T13:51:44+02:00April 24th, 2014|Gardening|

Growing cabbages is easy as they flourish throughout southern Africa. And, Cabbages are perfect for winter dishes. [custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Basics of growing cabbage Cabbage is a cool-season vegetable that has been cultivated for thousands of years and was used as food and medicine by the ancient Romans. In later centuries, this humble vegetable was eaten [...]

Planting winter annuals

By |2016-06-30T12:29:00+02:00April 17th, 2014|Gardening|

Winter annuals will provide splashes of colour in the garden when the days are long and grey. April is the time to start planting your winter annuals. Seedlings of winter- and spring flowering plants are available in garden centres countrywide now, so choose your favourites and plant them as soon as possible. Plant your tall-growing [...]

Autumn leaves: Five ways to use leaves in your garden

By |2016-11-22T13:51:44+02:00April 10th, 2014|Gardening|

Every weekend, our neighbourhood is filled with the sounds of people raking and the whine of leaf vacuums sucking up the autumn leaves that are falling in bagloads from the trees. It happens every year, and it doesn’t stop until the last leaf has been safely gathered and bagged. [custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Is it really necessary [...]

Flower bulbs: Planting bulbs in autumn

By |2016-11-22T13:51:47+02:00April 3rd, 2014|Gardening|

Now’s the time to get planting the flower bulbs that will emerge at the end of winter and into spring, filling the garden with bursts of rainbow colour. We provide some useful tips to make the most of these lovely plants. Buying flower bulbs At the end of summer, garden centres are filled with an [...]

Agapanthus: How to grow agapanthus

By |2016-06-30T12:39:08+02:00March 27th, 2014|Gardening|

Agapanthus are a popular sight in South African gardens. Their masses of ball-shaped, blue and white flowers provide a cool contrast to the bright sun. In fact, indigenous agapanthus are among the country’s most popular herbaceous perennials. It was also one of the first South African flower species to be grown in Europe, where it [...]

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