In The Garden

Food forests: what are they?

May 23, 2018

The term “food forest” has entered the lexicon of home gardeners, permaculturists, off-gridders and greenie beanies recently, conjuring up a mixture of trees, plants, insects and flowers, all bathed in dappled sunlight and delivering forth a magical harvest of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. But is this correct? Or more prosaically, what exactly does the […]

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The way of the future

May 22, 2018

We have seen the future, and it’s electric. And so quickly and certainly is it going electric that we predict that within the next couple of decades the only place you’ll see the small two- or four-stroke petrol engines such as commonly power lawnmowers, brushcutters and chainsaws today will be in a museum. The technology […]

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Kirstenbosch at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2018

May 15, 2018

  The 2018 Sanbi Kirstenbosch exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show has been awarded a Gold Medal, the 36th won by the South African exhibit in the country’s 43-year history of participation at the show. And, after 24 years at the helm of the exhibit the design team of David Davidson and […]

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A guide to accurate watering

April 16, 2018

Because so much of a Gauteng garden dies back in our dry, frosty winters many Gauteng gardeners tend to forget their plants in favour of their fireplaces and as a result, are often guilty of under-watering their plants in winter. But winter or summer, Gauteng being a relatively dry region, one can’t rely on rainfall […]

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Save, and swap, your own seed

April 4, 2018

There’s no doubt that heirloom vegetables often have a better flavour and texture than shop-bought modern hybrids. However, because they are still a relative novelty, obtaining a regular supply of seeds for your favourite heirlooms from season to season can be a challenge. The good news, however, is that, because they are open pollenated, the […]

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