Gardening
Crocosmia
Crocosmia SHARON WALKER Crocosmia is a very beautiful summer flowering indigenous plant. It is commonly called “falling stars” because its small star like...
Hydrangeas - die kleur van Kersfees
Hydrangeas - die kleur van Kersfees RISNA OPPERMAN Niks kan Kersfees só voorspel soos Krismisrose in die tuin nie. Hydrangeas lewer van die mooiste trosblomme in helder kleure wat mens sommer lus...
Too beautiful for weed
Too beautiful for weed SHARON WALKER I just love the indigenous groundcover, Arctotheca which I was first introduced to in Brisbane, Australia of all places. It’s common name is Cape...
Experiment with Blue Honeybell
Experiment with Blue Honeybell SHARON WALKER Our plant for this week is the Blue Honeybell or Freylinia tropica. I have successfully planted these in my own garden where they have done well,...
Inmates produce millions of kilograms of vegetables
Inmates produce millions of kilograms of vegetables OWEN KOCK More than 13 million kilograms of vegetables and meat were produced by inmates at correctional centre farms and abattoirs in the past financial year...
Lieflike Laventel
Lieflike Laventel RISNA OPPERMAN Kruie is ‘n bewonderenswaardige groep plante. Hulle ruik lekker, hulle vertoon goed en hulle is goed vir jou ligaam en siel. Laventel is...
Tree planting - let’s get involved
Tree planting - let’s get involved Every year South Africa together with many other countries worldwide celebrate Arbor or Tree Planting Day. Arbor Day originated in the picturesque city of Brugg,...
Plant for future generations
Plant for future generations SHARON WALKER This is the first article in a series on plants suitable for the cold, dry Free State. I have tested them personally and they have all been planted...
Oktober is vir rose
Oktober is vir rose RISNA OPPERMAN Volgens Langenhoven is Oktober die mooiste, mooiste maand. Hy gesels verder oor viooltjies en ander welriekende blomme. Ek is seker as hy in die...
Qala Tala going strong
Qala Tala going strong CHRISTOPHER MOTABOGI Between 40 and 50 vegetable gardens will be established at households in Mangaung this month (September) in a bold move to alleviate poverty....
Heavenly Bamboo
Heavenly Bamboo SHARON WALKER Nandinas are commonly known as heavenly bamboo or “heilige bamboes” and many Nandina varieties do extremely well in the Free State. The...
Midyear Gardening Tips
Midyear Gardening Tips SHARON WALKER Herewith a few tips for the gardener to take note of during July. Make cuttings of hardwood shrubs and trees. To do this you will need to cut...
Let the moon help your garden
Let the moon help your garden SHARON WALKER Plants consist of a large proportion of water and, like the tides, are effected by the moon. Crazy you might think - but you’d be wrong. Nature or...
Wat gemaak met die tussen-in tuin?
Wat gemaak met die tussen-in tuin? RISNA OPPERMAN Die weer is altyd onvoorspelbaar hierdie tyd van die jaar en kan menige tuinier in diep depressie laat verval. Alles begin vaal vertoon, tog is dit...
Growing Rosemary
Growing Rosemary We all know the comforting smell of a leg of lamb roasting in the oven; the scent of rosemary and garlic wafting through the house creating great anticipation of a...
The wonders of growing your own parsley
The wonders of growing your own parsley SHARON WALKER Recently we have been looking at different herbs, some of their properties and how to have them flourish in our region (which fortunately for us, most of...
Growing your own veggies
Growing your own veggies SHARON WALKER A vegetable garden can be the perfect addition to your landscape. Designed with a little imagination, it is not only a useful part of the garden but can...
Harvesting Rainwater
Harvesting Rainwater Did you know that by harvesting the rainwater that falls on your property and reusing household water you can collect sufficient free water to meet the water requirements...
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