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Edible borders

Friday, 20th April 2012

Planting and harvesting home-grown vegetables and herbs can be a cost-effective and rewarding pastime. A surprising number of tasty vegetables have a charming decorative appeal so, although gardens are becoming smaller, limited space need not be a deterrent. With a little thought and planning you can cultivate a multi-functional garden that has both aesthetic and culinary value.



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Growing red onions

Friday, 20th April 2012

The onion (ALLIUM cepa) is a member of the Liliaceae family and is believed to have originated in Asia.  As far back as 3500BC onions were recognized as a good food source because they did not spoil during the colder months.
The ancient Egyptians worshipped the onion, believing that its spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternity. Of all the vegetables that had their images crafted from precious metals by Egyptian artists, the onion is the only one that was made out of gold.
Scorned for many centuries by the rich, the onion was considered to part of the staple diet for the poor. The common folk frequently started their day with a hearty serving of raw onions on bread which, they felt, would sustain them through the day.


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Designing with Succulents

Friday, 13th April 2012

Nearly half of the world's succulent species originated in southern Africa and, because they are adapted to survive in low rainfall areas, they help garden designers produce water smart gardens across our country.  As long as one takes into account where succulents come from, their ideal conditions can be replicated to provide a garden in which they can grow successfully. Finding out the origin of a particular succulent is the first step to finding out the best conditions for that plant. The Succulent Society of South Africa can help with this, and there are some informative books on the subject too. If an existing garden design is such that the planting of an area to succulents would create too vast a contrast then one can consider instead a group of containers planted up with a selection of succulents.


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Efficient irrigation

Friday, 13th April 2012

Irrigation is an efficient system of watering that encourages plant roots to penetrate deep into the soil and discourages weak surface root growth. It takes time to water a garden correctly and few homeowners have that time available. Often the only opportunity we have to water is when everyone else is trying to do the same thing and so enormous demands are made on the municipal water supply.

What irrigations systems are available?
The two systems most commonly used in the domestic market are spray irrigation (micro mist sprinklers) and drip irrigation. Micro mist sprinklers are installed vertically at the desired height and interval, and require a relatively strong water pressure to function efficiently. Drip irrigation is a fairly new concept to many homeowners. This system operates at ground level, dispensing water directly to the root zone of the plants. Each system can be controlled manually or with a battery-operated computer unit attached to the system, some of which allow for between three to six periods of watering per day.



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Step by step guide for drying herbs

Tuesday, 10th April 2012

Drying your own herbs is very easy and there is simply no comparison between home dried herbs and those bought from a supermarket. For a start you don't know how ‘fresh' the bought herbs are, especially when they are stored on well-lit a shelf, which hastens the process of deterioration.

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