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Set up herb and veggie gutter garden
With all the mini improvements taking place the small veggie garden that I had outside the door is no more. To take its place, and keep the kitchen supplied with fresh herbs and salad veggies, I planted a gutter garden.
JoJo rainwater harvesting tanks
You can use rainwater in the home and garden as  a total water solution for your home. At this stage I just want to be able to have rainwater on hand for the garden and pool, as well as for my soon-to-start veggie and herb garden.
Colourful easy to care for plants
In the spirit of wanting a beautiful garden without having to worry about drooping plants, I am busy potting up a collection of indigenous varieties and succulents.
Aloe vera - health benefits
Aloe vera features in many South African gardens as an ornamental plant due to its drought-resistance and interesting form. Aloe vera is also known around the world for its medicinal properties, which includes an ability to soothe and moisturise skin.
Tomatoes and potatoes on one plant
Here's some good news for garden enthusiasts who like to grow their own veggies. Sometime in the future you will be able to grown tomatoes and potatoes on one plant... the TomTato plant.


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Make a flower cascade
Spring has sprung and colourful annuals are everywhere. Here's how to create a beautiful colourful petunia flower cascade for your garden or patio.
Environmentally friendly lawn
If it's lush green lawn that you're after, but also care about your carbon footprint, there are a few tools and practices that can help you have it both ways.
The beauty of air plants - Tillandsia
Air plants - Tillandsia - take their nutrients from the air and all they require is light (not direct sunlight) and an occasional misting of water from a spray.
How to propogate your own Rosemary
Growing Rosemary doesn't require any special gardening skills and it seems to grow with only regular maintenance. Buying Rosemary plants, however, can be expensive.


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Foolproof gardens
Having a beautiful garden to look at or lounge in can be hard work, but for those that don't have 'green fingers' there are plenty of ideas to have a gorgeous garden without the hard work.
Vertical gardens add natural interest
One of my favourite places to stop by now and then is Flora Grubb. This garden shop located in San Fransisco offers wonderful items for garden and home Flora and her team come up with the most amazing ideas.
Add summer colour to the garden
Cannas look their best in the mixed herbaceous border.They can also be grown in large are best planted in early spring and are planted just below the soil surface
Prepare your garden for spring
As we move into August, there's no better time to get out into the garden and start preparing beds for spring planting. Even if you have an established garden, there are tasks that need to be done before the days start hotting up.
Reap the fruit and veg of your labours
Eating foods grown in your own vegetable garden means you won't be contributing to the carbon footprint left behind by the "food miles" it takes to bring imported produce to your local grocers - so you're helping the environment, too.
Primulas - a riot of winter colour
As the cooler weather sets in, Primulas are a beautiful addition to a garden getting ready to rest for the winter months, and their glorious colour extends the beauty of a small garden even more.


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How to grow your own garlic
It's almost time to start planting bulbs for a gorgeous show of spring flowers, but there's another bulb that not many gardeners think about, yet it's relatively easy to grow.
Suburban herb garden
If you live in a townhouse, flat or apartment and don't have access to a garden, here's a way to recycle empty tins into colourful containers for herbs and plants.
Add colour to your garden
Swiss Chard Beta vulgaris ‘Bright Lights’ has to be one of the easiest and most colourful vegetables that you can add to a garden.
Plant ornamental grasses
Ornamental grasses are not only boldly dramatic, they know how to tough it out in the heat of summer. Ornamental grasses require only an occasional watering - making them perfect choices for a water-wise garden.
Plant a vertical garden
Plant a wall-mounted vertical garden to let plants grow over a wall rather than in the ground or in containers. You can use this idea for both indoor and outdoor wall displays.
Grow fresh herbs in your kitchen
You can have fresh herbs all year round with a built in countertop herb garden. The only requirement is that the plants receive a fair amount of light during the day, so preferably place close to a window.


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Tips for a recycled garden
Although I have a small garden, I have tried to fill the space as much as possible with plants that I love. I truly believe that the success of the garden is due to the fact that I recycle everything that grows.
An almost water-free garden
Establishing an indigenous or succulent garden is one of the ways to spend less time gardening and watering, and more time actually enjoying or relaxing in the garden.
Growing my own
I finally managed to get into the garden and get my veggie and herb section started.
Herbal tea
A cup of herbal tea a day could very well keep the doctor away!
Give your lawn a makeover
It's not easy to determine a single problem when areas of your lawn start to go brown or die, but there are ways that you can learn to identify individual problems and the solution required.
Geener garden without more water
Got a water-waster on your street who overwaters his lawn (and driveway)?  Here are some tips for turning a manicured lawn into a more natural place.


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Know your garden and be water wise
The first step when determining a watering regimen is to test your soil’s water-holding capacity. This easy test is a much better way to figure out when to water than waiting for plants to wilt.
Protect your garden from frost
Not only does winter make everything look dull and lifeless, it can also cause quite a bit of damage to your garden if you are not careful.
Wall hanging herb garden
For the herbs I have planted some here and there in the new bed that I am busy building, but I have also made a herb garden that is mounted right next to the door, so that I can easily pick off a few for cooking.
An edible garden
Edible landscaping is quickly becoming more attractive amid soaring food prices, rising fuel costs, alarming pesticide scares, and increased environmental aware-ness.
Make a planter for potatoes
It's easy to grow your own potatoes and our potatoe frame can be placed in a sunny spot anywhere in the garden to provide you with a supply of home-grown potatoes free from pesticides.
Establish and grow a kitchen garden
Whether you use a space separate from the rest of the garden or decide to plant in existing flower beds, a kitchen garden provides all-season herbs, vegetables and fruits - the healthy way.


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Build a frame for creepers and climbers
Quite a few vegetable crops require a support frame to assist with vertical growth, especially climbers such as beans. Here's how to make a simple climbing frame using pine and chicken wire ...
Control moles in a garden
Moles can ruin the appearance of your lawns and flower beds, and their tunnels damage the roots of young plants, flowers and vegetables.
Potted pleasures
A number of bulbs lend themselves to being grown successfully in pots, tubs, window boxes or other containers, just the thing to beautify a patio, poolside, entrance way, courtyard or your dining room table.
How to prune a tree or large shrub
Pruning stimulates growth and the ultimate goal is to encourage the tree to grow strong, healthy branches headed in the right direction.
Wonderful potted gardens
There's more than one way to plant up a pot. Be inspired by these wonderful potted designs.
Shoe holder for hanging herb garden
I came across this project on Instructables and thought that this is a great idea for growing small kitchen veggies and herbs, especially for those living in a flat or townhouse with a small balcony.


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Trendy house plants
Whether your thumb is green or not, a great houseplant does round out a room. Gravitate to varieties that can act as green sculptures, adding shape as well as liveliness to an interior.
A lush green garden all year round!
Here’s how to transform any garden into a garden that is green all year round, does not require sun, shade or water, and is virtually maintenance free!
Imaginative use of recycled items
There are many ways to have container displays in the garden. After searching the Internet for ideas I found some very unique ways to add a touch of container style to a garden or balcony.
Perfect edges!
Inside the house or out, a clean, smooth line provides a finished look and a sense of clarity to an area. In my garden, a razor-sharp edge serves as a stage that sets off the careful planning and maintenance I do.
Anyone for golf!
There are two types of golf widows: Those who prefer their men to disappear for hours on end and those that wish their men would spend more time at home. If you consider yourself to be the latter, perhaps it's time to consider installing a small putting green!
How to lay instant lawn
If your lawn suffers from acute soil compaction, rampant weed problems, heavy thatch or organic matter deficiencies, you may want to remove the existing weeds and grass and start anew. 


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How to plan a garden
Because a garden is a practical and visual extension of the house, it is logical to give its style and layout careful consideration.
Grow your own fresh vegetables
With grocery biils climbing planning a vegetable garden this year, growing your own is a matter of Rands and sense. Can planting a veggie patch really save you money?
Shade loving plants
With the rainy season due to start any minute - and the temperature still in the low twenties - I've decided that now is the best time to cut down the overgrown jungle and plant up some colour!
 


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