If it is possible to transform a dead piece of grey gravel along a corporate building into a row of vegetable gardens abundantly delivering organic nourishment to hungry children attending a soup kitchen, then one can surely grow food almost anywhere?
There are many ways in which you could create a good bed for your vegetable plants. We are going to describe how to do one type for now – that of a Trench Bed (TB). This is ideal for those who believe they don’t have space for a vegetable bed.
It’s not so long ago that our gardens were productive as well as aesthetically pleasing, containing a veggie garden, a small orchard, and herbs and medicines too. How wonderful, but perhaps too much hard work? Or so thought some, as gardens moved away in disdain from anything productive or working class, to the opposite extreme of being purely decorative.
A woman died on Tuesday, apparently from inhaling insecticide after spraying for cockroaches in her Joburg inner-city flat and then closing the windows.
The time has come to sow the seeds for our next veggie harvest. We trust that your compost is coming along nicely?
In the last 100 years we seem to have moved away from nature and her medicinal plants. In our never ending quest to search for new cures and remedies, man has now been forced to return to nature.
Growing your own vegetables is a wonderful green passion that is spreading like wildfire across our country. We are all concerned about food security in the light of climate changes and threats to our water and soil resources.
Conversion Lighting represents Hyundai energy-saving lighting products in South Africa as well as Verde LED from Ireland.
I am amazed to see the interest in our swimming pool conversion into a natural habitat for wildlife, which might also include ourselves, if needs be. Some readers would also like to put their pools to better use, so I will share my learning as we go along.
Val Payn of the Green Gardens Project is writing a book about ecologically sustainable gardens in South Africa. She is looking for gardens that would provide good examples of inspiring, attractive, well planned and managed, ecologically sustainable gardens, to feature as inspirational and practical examples in her book.
Editor and writer of the new magazine, The Indigenous Gardener, Anno Torr, is a passionate lover of South African flora. Her passion has evolved into a deep concern for the survival of our floral heritage, the environment they inhabit and the organisms they co-exist with.
"This house is more comfortable than our previous place, and I am very happy that we have lights because there is no electricity here,” says Nosango Victoria Plaatjie, proud occupant of a prototype eco-friendly dwelling in the informal settlement of Enkanini, Stellenbosch, called the iShack.
“Going green is about respect and about eco systems living in harmony without invasion. Modular architecture – creating a building with what you need when you need it - allows for this”.
Next up in our Green Afterlife series, we have a story by a transition facilitator who works with the dying to ease their journey.
Easter weekend it was time to plant winter seedlings. However, I first had to pull up the last of my beautiful tomato harvest. So I found myself with an abundance of tomatoes. I decided to preserve the whole lot, even the green ones.
“Everyone should have a green roof, it’s a no-brainer really,” says Tom Gray, who has been building these living roofs for many years now.
So far in this series we have covered how to plan your organic vegetable garden, increase your soil health, plant your crops and make compost. We have also discussed the benefits of mulching and how to weed and prune in the small-scale vegetable garden. After a few months without an article, it’s time to begin the series again. In a prelude to next month's article on what to plant in winter, this article looks at some intelligent tips for watering.
Valentines’ Day is all about Love, but how do you celebrate something that cannot even be described?