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This handy pocket guide introduces local gardening enthusiasts to some of southern Africa’s most beautiful, beneficial and easy- to-care-for indigenous plants, giving guidance on how best to use them and how to ensure that they flourish.
An essential handbook for easy-care beautiful gardening.
The author, Glenice Ebedes, is the owner of Grounded Landscaping. She is a graduate of Lifestyle College and an active member of the Guild of Landscape Designers. She specializes in indigenous, wildlife-friendly gardens and her gardens regularly feature in magazines.
This comprehensive guide to vegetable gardening in South Africa, written especially for the home gardener, is based on vast practical experience and an intimate knowledge of local growing conditions.
Part 1 provides down-to-earth advice on location and layout of the vegetable gaarden;soils and nutrients; garden planning and crop rotation; tools and equipment; watering; cultivation and weed control; seed, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and their control; container growing, and the use of plastics in the vegetable garden. In part 2 the common as well as a number of unusual vegetables are fully discused. Invaluable information on cultivars, soil preparation, propagation, sowing, transplanting, harvesting, and pests and diseases are included. This is followed by short descriptions of the more widely used culinary herbs. Finally, the appendices give information on how to grow salad sprouts, and detailed and invaluable advice on exhibiting vegetables.
Whether your garden is a smallholding or a townhouse patio, The A - Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa is an essential handbook containing everything you need to know for the successfull production of your own top-quality vegetables throughout the year.
Baie mense kies ’n leefstyl wat ’n mooi versorgde tuin insluit, of hulle dit self doen, of laat doen. Hierdie leefstyl kan voedselproduksie insluit, sonder om die tuin na landerye te laat lyk. Groente van tuin tot tafel leer jou hoe om jou eie groente te kweek en sorg sodoende dat jy op ’n gereelde basis groente tot jou beskikking het. Kies uit die lys van groente watter groentesoort jy wil plant en volg die riglyne om jou eie groente te kweek. Die boek bied nuttige inligting oor verskeie aspekte van groenteverbouing, insluitend grondvrugbaarheid, bemesting, waterbehoeftes, wisselbou en plantmaats, en natuurlike plaagbeheer. Die res van die boek gee wenke oor die opbou van ’n groentetuin wat jou leefstyl sal pas – of dit 'n formele groentetuin in 'n hoek van die erf, of 'n geintegreerde tuin sonder onderskeid tussen sierlike en nuttige plante hou, die inligting is hierin.
Do you love living in the city but dream about growing your own wholesome fruit and vegetables? South Africa’s organic gardening guru, Jane Griffiths, shows you just how easy it is to achieve a flourishing food garden, no matter how small your space.
Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is packed with inspirational ideas and practical information on all aspects of urban eco living.
In her trademark sensible and easy-to-follow style, Jane provides a wealth of tips and suggestions for:
Illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photographs, Jane’s Delicious Urban Gardening is essential reading for anyone wanting to live a more sustainable, productive and healthy lifestyle in the city.
Gardens To Inspire by Keith Kirsten
Succulent Paradise: Twelve Great Gardens of the World by Gideon F. Smith & Estrela Figueiredo
Forever Green: Plants In The Dream Time by Dave Pepler
Gardening is every bit as creative as painting flowers in watercolour. And it is in bringing together various elements that a lot of the creativity lies.
This book gives you expert guidance to achieve this, with loads of examples from gardens all over the country. It shows you that a garden is in essence a combination of shapes, textures, colours and growth forms – the ultimate combination of combinations. Learn how to combine plants that are mutually supportive and create their own harmony or combine plants and elements for sameness, or for contrast. By bringing together selected plants and garden elements you create a more beautiful, more arresting and more powerful visual presentation than what could be done by using any of the combined elements individually. The creative scope and different permutations made possible by combinations cannot be quantified – what you can imagine, you can combine.
This book looks at combinations in four categories: colour, shape and form, texture, and the specific environment of the garden and its plants. More than 230 magnificent photographs will charm and inspire you and the information will show you how to use combinations skilfully and wisely. Maximise the appeal of your garden by making the most of its combinations.
Combining information on modern advances with sage, common-sense advice of the past, cultivate a beautiful garden now.
This book is for anyone who has just discovered the joy of messing about in the soil, who are itching to see seeds germinate, who love inspiring ideas and easy DIY projects – but it’s also for seasoned gardeners who may have forgotten a trick or two. It keeps up with modern gardening trends, and conveys to the reader in a practical way everything the authors have learnt on muddy knees over many years.
Their outlook is wider than the purely organic or the purely indigenous methods of gardening – the authors put everything to the test and provide tried and tested advice on:
Whether your garden is on a farm or in the city, whether you’re old-fashioned or just google everything you want to know and learn, this book is just the guide for you. Combining information on modern advances to make gardening tasks easier with sage, common-sense advice of the past, it tells you how to cultivate a beautiful, fruitful garden now.
In hierdie boek wys twee kenners jou hoe om dit reg te kry, met honderde voorbeelde uit tuine van regoor die land. Dit wys jou dat 'n tuin basies 'n kombinasie is van kleur, vorm, tekstuur en groeiwyses - in wese 'n kombinasie van kombinasies. Leer hoe om plante te kombineer wat mekaar aanvul en hul eie harmonie skep en hoe om plante en elemente te kombineer vir enersheid, of vir andersheid. Deur uitgesoekte plante en elemente saam te gebruik, skep jy 'n prentjie wat mooier, treffender en meer skouspelagtig is as wat elk van die gekombineerde elemente individueel sou kon doen. Die skeppende omvang van kombinasiemoontlikhede kan nie gekwantifiseer word nie - as jy jou 'n kombinasie kan voorstel, kan jy dit skep. In Kreatiewe kombinasies word in vier kategoriee na kombinasies gekyk: kleur, vorm en groeiwyse, tekstuur en die tuin en plante se spesifieke omgewing. Daar is meer as 230 foto's om jou te bekoor en inspireer en al die nodige inligting om slim en vindingryk met kombinasies te werk. Vergroot jou tuin se trefkrag deur die beste moontlike gebruik van die kombinasies daarin.
You know you should be doing something to help save our planet, but it sounds hard, something that you will tackle another day.
Going green all at once is too much for almost anyone to achieve. Instead, try to make just one change, or add one new sustainable habit, each week. After one year you will be amazed at how much you have accomplished.
A Greener Tomorrow will give you tips on simple things that you can start doing straight away – be it at work, at home, and in your garden. Let’s all do our part in saving this planet – allowing our children’s grandchildren to still live in a world that is beautiful.
A Greener Tomorrow contains over 150 bite-sized chunks of greening advice from the likes of eco-friendly South Africans Arthur Goldstuck; Ashley Hayden; Barry Ronge; Brand Pretorius; Bryan Habana; Casey B. Dolan; Caspe De Vries; Damon Galgut; Gary Kirsten; Jan Braai; Jane Griffiths; Jassy Mackenzie; John van de Ruit; Marc Lottering; Max du Preez; Michiel Heyns; Paige Nick; Romy Titus; Tanit Phoenix; Tony Leon and more.
Although excited by the prospect of moving into their own home for the first time, many people are mystified by the prospect of what to do with their outdoor space. Frances Tophill's fuss-free, practical guide shows you how to create a space outside your own back door that's designed by you, built by you and enjoyed by you. Beginning with advice on getting to know your garden - what type of soil you have, what the drainage and light is like - then on getting to know yourself as a gardener - do you want a vegetable patch, an abundance of flowers or simply an extension of your indoor living space? - and then moving on to the practical design, including hard and soft landscaping and building materials and guidance, Frances guides you through different types of plants and how to source and plant them. There is also a section on aftercare, telling you the best way to keep your garden well cared for and easy to maintain throughout the year.
Herbs are rewarding and versatile plants. They are easy to grow and add colour, texture and fragrance to our gardens. Jane’s Delicious Herbs is a hands-on guide for growing and using these productive plants. With a detailed and richly illustrated A-Z reference of nearly 80 herbs, the book covers how to grow them, their medicinal and culinary uses, as well as their many healing properties. In her book, Jane shows you exactly how to design and maintain your own herb garden. She provides sound advice on how to propagate, harvest and preserve herbs, and useful tips on how to grow them in containers. Also included is a handy, quick guide to healing herbs, with over 100 useful recipes for well-being, healing and happiness.
'When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don't want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.' As a young boy in 1960s Plymouth, Allan Jenkins and his brother, Christopher, were rescued from their care home and fostered by an elderly couple. There, the brothers started to grow flowers in their riverside cottage. They found a new life with their new mum and dad. As Allan grew older, his foster parents were never quite able to provide the family he and his brother needed, but the solace he found in tending a small London allotment echoed the childhood moments when he grew nasturtiums from seed. Over the course of a year, Allan digs deeper into his past, seeking to learn more about his absent parents. Examining the truths and untruths that he'd been told, he discovers the secrets to why the two boys were in care. What emerges is a vivid portrait of the violence and neglect that lay at the heart of his family. A beautifully written, haunting memoir, Plot 29 is a mystery story and meditation on nature and nurture. It's also a celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love.
How Not to Kill Your Houseplant is your guide to every stage of plant parenting for beginners, from identifying exactly what's in the pot, to helping it flourish and grow. If you wonder what the crispy bits at the leaf edges are, why the stalks are looking spindly, or why your plant looks brown even though you've watered it, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will explain - and fix - your horticultural woes. Understand how much light, water, heat, and humidity your plant needs with quick tips on what your houseplant does and doesn't like. Learn to spot the danger signs and how to rescue an unhealthy plant, and follow easy advice to pick the top plants for your bathroom, cold rooms, desk, and windowsill to create your own indoor oasis.
Cultivate your perfect garden with RHS Pruning & Training's unrivalled guidance for over 800 trees, shrubs, and climbing plants. Fully updated by the RHS experts, RHS Pruning & Training uses clear, step-by-step instructions and fantastic photography to perfectly illustrate the secrets to pruning and training your plants. Whether you're a novice gardener or an amateur expert, RHS Pruning & Training is packed with plenty of information on all plant types including fruits, roses, shrubs, and trees. Learn specialised techniques including coppicing, pollarding, and pinch pruning for specific plant types, and prune your garden to perfection all year round. Previous ISBN 9781405363129
What s the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can I stop weeds from invading my flowerbeds? And what s the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered in Stuff Every Gardener Should Know a handy little reference book that s perfect for gardeners of all ages and experience. From the secrets of indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle free roses, this delightful companion is blooming with fun facts and helpful ideas.
Ever wondered how to make a garden attractive in December? Or what to do with that corner by the dustbin? Answers to these questions can be found in this compact and charming book of tips for the green-fingered, accompanied by Heath Robinson's highly inventive and humorous cartoons. First published in 1938, the book gives an insight into gardening trends on the eve of the Second World War while also addressing common concerns faced by gardeners. It features many typically elaborate contraptions such as the Combined Telescopic Spaderake for digging and raking at the same time, the Inebriate Roller for making wobbly garden paths and the Osoeezi Slugsticker. While some are patently ridiculous - a lawn is de-thistled and resown with the help of a barrel of grass seed strapped onto a small donkey - others are before their time, such as a special pump that can divert your bathwater into your garden hose, a contraption that is not wildly dissimilar to gadgets on the market today. Finally, the growing of vegetables inspires some sage advice: 'with the right kind of upbringing, a marrow will attain astonishing dimensions, and can be used for boasting purposes.' Poking gentle fun at a British obsession with a detailed illustration on almost every page, this book will delight both aspiring and experienced gardeners alike.
Want to grow your own, but have no garden? Indoor Edible Garden shows you how to grow crops that look good and taste better - all in your own home. Discover healthy and handy indoor garden projects from a Chilli and Herb Hanging Basket to a space-saving Salad Leaf Tapestry. Grow everything from lemons and limes to tomatoes and tamarillos all year round. Make the most of your indoor space and turn windowsills, worktops, walls, balconies, and even ceilings into stunning and delicious indoor gardens. Indoor Edible Garden is packed with all the knowledge you need to understand which plant varieties thrive in the home, how to maximise your light and space, and how to enjoy harvesting and eating fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs no matter how much - or little - space you have.
An annual taking the gardener on a journey through the gardening year as a friendly uncle looking over the garden wall, helping you out by answering the obvious questions gardeners ask - and some not so obvious ones too! Illustrated with Mr Digwell's up to date cartoons, long a feature of the Daily Mirror, Mr Digwell's latest Annual is easy to understand and gives you the right information to produce wonderful gardens, fantastic specimen plants, perfect lawns and stunning shrubbery's. This is a reference book you will turn to time and again, and hopefully realise that Old School Mr Digwell is just as up to date as ever he was. For a perfect contemporary garden, Mr Digwell is the best companion.
Maximise your garden, whatever you grow in it, with some Swedish expertise. Plants need nutrients to grow, flower and bear fruit, nutrients that can be found in offal, the sea, fire, rocks, rubbish and, of course, dung heaps. Tina Raman digs into every aspect of nurturing your soil, from chemistry and biology to history and philosophy, giving you practical advice, generous tips and above all masses of inspiration. She lifts the lid on old and reliable fertilisation methods and opens the doors to new resource-efficient and environmentally-smart cultivation techniques. Good Soil doesn't look like a typical gardening book but it's a book that everyone interested in gardening needs.
In Remarkable Gardens, the beauty of South African gardens is revealed by Craig Fraser and Nini Bairnsfather Cloete. Featuring sumptuous photographs and engaging text, this book combines history and horticulture to take its reader on a fascinating journey through 20 of the most magical private gardens in the country.
While most of these gardens usually remain hidden from view, in Remarkable Gardens of South Africa their stunning scenery, rich history and intriguing diversity are explored with romantic, inspiring results.
This beautiful book by Rudi Adam not only guides newcomers in the cultivation of bonsai trees but also provides insights and inspiration for the more experienced. Supplemented by excellent drawings by a bonsai grower and informative step-by-step photographs for special techniques, the book is brimful of information and practical advice. The magnificent photographs have been taken over four seasons and show the trees in all their splendour. With detailed, informative captions, every image is not only a visual inspiration, but in itself a further learning opportunity. In addition to cultivation techniques, expert advice on tree selection, soil types, watering and training the trees there is also an extensive species guide with detailed information on growing and maintenance. This book will help you master bonsai and teach you the rules so that you can apply them or successfully break them in your endeavour to excel at the art.
'n Vars blik op inheemse tuinmaak, of jy nou geleidelik uitheemse plante met inheemses wil vervang, of van voor af begin en volledig op ons eie plante fokus. Hierdie plante verg minder werk as uitheemses, het gewoonlik minder water nodig, wil byna geen chemiese kunsmis en insekdoders he nie, en kos heelwat minder omdat jy hulle nie kort-kort hoef te vervang nie. Elke plant in die titel is spesiaal gekies omdat dit blom, soms besadig, maar meer dikwels baldadig. Benewens 'n nabyfoto en volledige beskrywing van byna 100 plantspesies is hier interessante inligting oor grondvoorbereiding, voeding, voortplanting en instandhouding.
At last: a South African how-to with everything you need to know to create a dream indigenous garden. Accomplished landscape designer and botanist Marijke Honig puts forward the fundamentals in this comprehensive reference that is at once inspirational, practical and easy to use. This book is all about choosing the right plants for a particular space and purpose in your garden. Marijke shares her vast bank of knowledge and experience to help you assess the conditions in your garden, select the perfect plants and grow them successfully.
The book is divided into three clearly organised, superbly illustrated sections, which together provide all the information you need to plan and plant a flourishing garden entirely suited to its setting and climate.
Part 1 – explains the process of plant selection, providing clear step-by-step guidelines that will enable you to identify suitable plant palettes for your garden. This section also includes vital information on planting and maintenance.
Part 2 – contains 25 different palettes of plants for specific situations, with practical information relevant to each
Part 3 – a directory of plants, with a brief description of each species, key/essential information on its cultivation and maintenance, and the wildlife it may attract.
This beautiful book is also a celebration of South Africa’s unique flora. Offering inspiration and guidance in equal measure, it promises to become an indispensable reference for all lovers of indigenous plants.
- Perfect for:
- Gardeners and homeowners
- Landscape architects and garden designers
- Architects, developers, those involved in the green industry
- Students of horticulture and landscaping
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