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On the Urban Rain Systems website, rainwater harvesting is defined as a process in which rainwater that falls onto a roof surface is collected and stored to be used at a later time. By harvesting and using rainwater we are not only reducing our monthly water bills, but also reducing our dependence on water treatment […]
Festive Rosemary – By Alice Spenser-Higgs Just as poinsettia has become the Christmas flower, so rosemary is the Christmas herb. But it is more than a herb in the conventional sense; think of using rosemary for Christmas decorations, gifts, table settings, festive wreaths and festive feasting. It ticks all the boxes and has the bonus […]
SETTING UP FOR THE SEASON Table décor can make your festive party an extra special event. We borrowed this idea from Jamie Oliver’s wooden plants on bricks to serve antipasto and took it one step forward by adding flowers peeking from underneath to give it an elegant touch. Step 1 Measure the table and cut […]
Trending: Recycling or upcycling anything to give new life to old things is still ‘in’. Use old wheelbarrows, boots, leaking buckets or discarded kitchenware as containers for herbs or succulents. Remember: If it’s hollow and can hold soil, it can be a container. But be careful not to dot them around too haphazardly or your […]
A retired old chair can be refashioned into a great planter with some easy steps and a love of succulents. What you need: An old wooden chair, with the seat removed Organic fertiliser pellets Palm peat block (reconstituted in water) Potting soil Bonemeal or superphosphate A selection of succulents from large to small Weed-control fabric […]
Step 1 Get a piece of chicken wire at least 1,5m long. You can buy wire by the metre from your local Builders. Depending on how high you want your echeveria tower to be, choose 600mm-, 900mm- or 1,2m-wide wire. Step 2 Begin by shaping the wire into a cone, with a large base and […]
Make a hanging planter full of festive cheer Step 1 Cut out the paper template, place it on the large piece of plywood, lining up the bottom with the edge of the wood, and trace the outline onto the wood. Drill holes into each corner, on outside of the lines (this will help when cutting […]