Things to do in the Cape Peninsula

KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch only grows indigenous South African plants. The 528 hectare estate supports a diverse fynbos flora and natural forest.A touch of the past:People […]

Soil Conditioners

KELP SOIL CONDITIONER Kelp soil conditioner is excellent for replacing used nutrients and minerals in the soil lost due to various circumstances. Promotes healthy growth. Broadcast: 50g per sq.metre, should be worked into topsoil. Suitable for mechanical spreading. Drilled or spread along rows: Apply 25g per metre run. Fruit trees: Apply 100-200g (1-2 cupfuls) per […]

Organic Gardening

WHAT IS ORGANIC GARDENING? Many people wonder what organic gardening is. The answer is that organic gardeners do not use chemical based/synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their plants. Gardening organically is much more than what you don’t do. When you garden organically, you think of your plants as part of a whole system within the […]

How to Plant a Tree

Steps for successful tree planting:- Choose your spot carefully taking into account the eventual mature size of the tree. Get advice on what type of tree you require. Consider the following: Wind Evergreen/Deciduous Shape i.e. Canopy Screening/Windbreak Choose a healthy specimen: Free of disease Free of pests Dig a square hole 1m x 1m and […]

Waterwise Gardening

Some useful tips to make your garden more waterwise: 1) Choose indigenous, drought tolerant, disease resistant plants where possible. 2) Declare war on weeds as they complete with plants for water. 3) When laying out new beds, group plants according to their water requirements. 4) Water and fertilise plants only when needed because this promotes […]

Sandy Soil

Bauhinia galpinii High: 2m Wide: 3-4m Full sun A beautiful spreading shrub, or small tree producing large orange flowers in early autumn, followed by seed pods. This shrub will grow in any soil and is very low maintenance. It can be grown as a hedge/screen or a focal point in the garden. It does best […]

Howling South Easter

A strong South Easter is a common occurance in the Far South. Wind resistant shrubs are a must for any garden. A wide range of wind resistant plants can be found in the garden centre including the following selected plants. Agathosma capensis Height    50cm Width    40cm Exposure    Full sun A neat small shrub with scented […]

Dry Shade

A dry, shady spot in the Western Cape garden can often be a problem area. Try these shrubs and groundcovers to fill your troubling dry shade. Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’ – Cat’s Tail Height    40cm Width    50cm Exposure    Semi to full shade A very hardy fern resembling a cat’s tail. Tiny white flowers are followed by […]