Gardening with Nature
Gardens are special places where, as gardeners, we’re privileged to get up close to the natural world. But gardening with nature also makes you realize how precious it is. Our impact on the planet is well documented and it’s up to us to adopt more environmentally conscious ways of living. Growing your own food’s a great start, but how you grow it makes a big difference.
Artificial fertilizers and pesticides are energy intensive to manufacture and carry many undesirable side effects, from polluting rivers to harming beneficial insects and soil life.
A natural approach – adding organic materials to the soil to build long-term soil fertility, and planting flowers to attract pest predators – avoids these negative impacts while creating a livelier, healthier garden.
Much of our waste can be composted. Composting is a natural process and a far more environmentally friendly alternative to burying it in landfill. Garden-made compost is often richer in valuable nutrients than bought-in sources of compost.
Make your own and enjoy a free source of natural fertilizer to feed your soil and the plants growing in it. Setting up a simple compost bin or heap doesn’t take long. It’s easy to add to and, don’t worry, it won’t smell!
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Think about the birds – top up bird baths regularly with fresh water and hang a few pinecones filled with a mix of peanut butter and bird seed, amongst the branches of your trees. Remember that if you bring in your own container you can buy our mixed bird seed for the low price of R10-00 per kg. Also invest in a feeding table on which you can leave pieces of fruit for those feathered friends who love sweet stuff and might not find it from a natural source in the neighborhood.Your pets - Remember that the following herbs can also be beneficial to the general well-being of pets whether used as flea repellents or to treat ailments like itchiness, or small scratches: Aloe Vera, bulbinella, wormwood, catmint and pennywort
As we move into the winter months there are fewer flowers and other sources of food for the bees. Water is also scarce and so many bees drown as they try and drink water from swimming pools. Grate an apple and add some water in a bowl. The bees will be able to get some sugars from the fruit and drink the water and not drown as they can stand on the fruit pieces. Remember our bee populations are threatened and we pledged to give them all the support we can!
Win with our Youth Day giveaway - feed your bees - post your photo to our Face book page and receive a cold-drink bottle watering nozzle for free!