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Gardening: Think Green!

Going green is a popular trend in today’s society, and for good reason. You see it everyday with reusable bags, electronic banking, and online coupons and sales. There are also ways to be more earth-friendly at home. Here are some tips to “go green” in your garden. There are plenty of things you can do […]

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Water-wise gardening tips for South Africa

Because gardens are often so water-intensive, it is important to look at the principles of water-wise gardening. Water-wise gardens are also lower maintenance than normal gardens. The following tips are taken from Water-wise gardening (Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and National Botanical Institute, 1998).

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Why Natural Gardening?

It is important to remember that opting for alternatives to synthetic garden inputs is important, but also part of a wider system of enhancing natural cycles in your garden.  What is also needed is a changed approach to gardening because the transition to organics goes hand-in-hand with these system-wide changes of bringing nature back into […]

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Synthetic-free Green Gardening

There are two main reasons why using synthetic chemicals on your garden should be a no-no. Firstly, unless you get the balance absolutely perfect, the reality is that a large portion of the synthetic fertilisers you add to your garden will not be absorbed by the plants, but rather washed from the soil into the […]

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Plan for Greener Landscaping

If you’re trying to make your landscape more sustainable, one important thing to do is to reduce the size of your lawn and add more native plants, trees and shrubs. If you’re trying to make your landscape more sustainable, one important thing to do is to reduce the size of your lawn and add more […]

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5 Ways to ‘Green’ Your Lawn and Garden Care

Where Does Your Water Come From? An important question that few people in the U.S. can answer. For most people, their city or town collects water from a lake or river. Of course, before reaching a specific water body, water first falls as rain or snow and then flows across land and through soil. Water’s […]

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Save Water & the Environment with a Rain Garden

What is a rain garden? A rain garden is an attractive landscaping feature planted with perennial native plants. It is a bowl-shaped or saucer-shaped garden with deep, loose soil, designed to absorb stormwater run-off from impervious surfaces such as roofs and parking lots. Rain gardens can be small, formal, home-owner style gardens, large complex bio-retention […]

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How to Garden Sustainably

Not only are sustainable gardening methods better for your wallet, but they are gentler on the planet as well.

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16 Tips for Wildlife Gardening with Kids

One of the best things you may ever cultivate in your yard is a gardener; share your love of nature with a child WHEN WE MOVED TO OUR HOME in northern Virginia, my husband and I got right to work creating our wildlife garden—replacing yards of turf with a native plant bed. We expected our […]

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