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How to build a Zen garden

Have you ever wondered how to build a Zen garden in your backyard? The act of recreating the peaceful atmosphere of a Zen garden within the bounds of your own backyard is just as rewarding as ensconcing within its tranquillity afterwards. In recreating …

Best accessories for your dog

It’s not only the first time owners who excitedly prepare for the arrival of their new family member by buying a truck load of dog accessories. We all get flustered and bubble over with oohs and aahs, and before we know it we have a mountain of stuff which …

All-year round flower garden

Flowers have an empathetic aura which just lifts a person's spirits. Plus, taking care of them distracts from stress. This is why every garden needs flowers and, if you provide the correct tender loving care, you will always have a beautiful bright …

Before you adopt a kitten

Find out whether you are willing to accept a whole new set of responsibilities.   On an abstract level, most of us adore kittens. Who can resist that cute, furry bundle of joy! There are few sights more endearing than watching a kitten as it …

Veggie patch for autumn

Move over, spring. Autumn is the most beautiful of all seasons! Especially if you planned your garden well and now have a good selection of maple trees, with leaves just waiting to burst into the spectacular show of autumn colours. If you (sadly) …

Indigenous plants of South Africa – Proteas

Written by: Seeds for Africa The South African Floristic region is one of the world’s 6 recognised floristic regions. Commonly known as the Cape Floristic Region, the region covers the Western Cape and extends eastwards into the Eastern Cape. This …

The healthy way to braai

Monday is the Heritage Day, which South Africans usually spend around braai fires. That means it’s time for our annual healthy braai blog post, in which we try to persuade you to relinquish the usual braai fare (thick, juicy beef steaks) in favour of …

Spring garden

Aren’t you glad you are in South Africa now, when jasmine is in bloom! September must be one of the most exciting months for South African gardeners. The gardens are filled with the fragrance of jasmine and yesterday, today and tomorrow. The fruit trees …

We and our environment

The month of June seems to be in the sign of environmental awareness. Today is the World Environment Day, a United Nations Environment Programme initiative that has been going on for 40 years. This year, the WED theme is Green Economy, and the host city …

Discs for your garden

For the vegetable gardener, warm days signal the return of that old nemesis: the ravenous birds.  From now on, it’s a race between you and them. And the prize is getting to eat all those juicy, yummy crops that you planted with your own hands, perhaps from …