Gardening
The Carbon Effect in Building Soil and Plant Health

The Carbon Effect in Building Soil and Plant Health

The link between soil health, carbon and healthy plants We’ve always stressed how important soil health is to plant health, but our friends at Madumbi are the experts so we asked them to give us a more in-depth understanding of carbon. Fact: The nutrient content of a...

How to Build and Improve Your Soil

How to Build and Improve Your Soil

The science of soil By understanding how soil works, we can see the benefits of understanding that soil is an ecosystem that needs as much attention as the plants planted in it. Think of soil as the ocean. You can’t see much on the surface, but once you go below, as...

Putting Soil First – How To Clean It Up

Putting Soil First – How To Clean It Up

A potato farmer from Harrismith is changing the way we look at soil. Potatoes – just add butter and you have the perfect side dish, whether they are boiled, mashed or fried. We all eat potatoes, and in most households no meal is complete without this starchy tuberous...

General Yard Stuff To Make Your Garden Smile

General Yard Stuff To Make Your Garden Smile

There are always those gardening tasks we cannot get away from. A little bit of work will be greatly rewarded when the family pops around for the festive season. Prune rambling roses, feed, water well and add a layer of mulch. Stake dahlias as they grow and keep...

The romance of summer bulbs

The romance of summer bulbs

When I think of summer flowering bulbs, it conjures up images of frilled petalled flowers, demanding to be seen. From bright colours to delicate hues, blushing among the green leaves. Bulbs have been romanticised over the centuries and as the meaning of the word...

A Little Gardening Story about Gardening

A Little Gardening Story about Gardening

To garden… Geoff Hamilton wrote, “There is nothing like a garden for making you feel small. There you are, right in the middle of the greatest miracle of all - the world of growing things”. Some of you might think that you cannot grow nearly all that you would like to...

Beautiful Bulbs! And Where They Come From

Beautiful Bulbs! And Where They Come From

Bursting with promise Bulbs have long been an invaluable asset to humankind, starting off as an essential part of our diet, as we have evolved, so has our appreciation for their many qualities. Often the word bulb is used rather loosely, generally as a reference to...