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Here you will find links to articles about gardening with indigenous plants and different aspects about indigenous plants.

In Our Garden – Starlings

Flocking Starlings One of the bird species we frequently see at our bird feeders is the Cape Starling. These constantly chattering birds, with their iridescent feathers that gleam blue/green/purple, depending on the way the light catches them, flock around our...

In Our Garden – July 2019

Is spring on its way? We see Southern Masked Weavers year-round in our garden. Males change into breeding colours annually, and seeing them in breeding colours is often for us a sign that winter will soon be over. Last week, 17 July, we noticed that some males are...

Butterfly friendly Gardening

The Garden Commodore or Garden Inspector (Precis archesia archesia) is a common garden butterfly in Gauteng. There are two colour forms, the dry season form pictured here, and a wet season form pictured below. Most gardeners enjoy having butterflies in their garden....

Maintaining your indigenous garden

1. Watering. When first planted, you need to water your garden well every 1 to 3 days, depending on the weather. In hot, dry or windy weather you may need to water every day. Rather water well less frequently than poorly more frequently. Before...

Converting an exotic garden to an indigenous garden

A garden that was purely exotic but transformed into a predominantly indigenous garden. The large trees and some of the larger shrubs have not been replaced (yet). Perhaps you, like many gardeners, want to change your garden from being predominantly exotic to...

Organic insecticide recipe

A garden that was purely exotic but transformed into a predominantly indigenous garden. The large trees and some of the larger shrubs have not been replaced (yet). Perhaps you, like many gardeners, want to change your garden from being predominantly exotic to...

5 Indigenous herbal garden plants

Here is a recipe for an organic insecticide that we have used with some success in the nursery to control Amaryllis as well psyllids (that cause those unsightly ‘bubbles’ in the leaves of many plants, notably citrus, Erythrina (Corral Trees) and Hypoestis...