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Water Wise Veggies

Autumn leaf crops can go in now!With the cost of fresh veggies being affected with water shortages around the country many have turned to their own garden to help. There is still time to plant an autumn harvest and it is the start of sowing time for some of the winter crops in between. Being water wise is important too so here are out top tips to follow to get some fresh greens to the table.

Before we get into that have you seen the new colours of Garlic we have here at Eckards? Pink, Purple and giant garlic can all be planted now and be ready to harvest at the end of winter. We have also received some new stock of Banana’s!! Besides growing your own they also add a touch of the tropics to your garden. All they need is a sunny spot protected from the winter cold by a wall.

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Getting the garden back on track

Feed the garden to boost the greenThe beginning of the year is always a time for cleaning up and bringing in changes, from the office to the home and finally the garden. In getting the routine back after the holidays one doesn’t always have a lot of time to get stuck in but if you have a few minutes here some quick tasks that make all the difference to your garden.

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The symbol of Christmas

It just would not be Christmas without Poinsettias! With striking pointed red leaves surrounding a cluster of yellow flowers, poinsettias have become more and more popular in South Africa for Christmas. The name for poinsettia in the ancient Aztec culture meant "star flower" and it is this link to the star over Bethlehem that brings them into the Christmas tradition.

Poinsettias are easy to maintain and will last for a few months indoors making them a wonderful addition to your Christmas decorations and are a great gift idea.

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Grow some Berries

Goji berries must be harvested when ripeBlueberries are among the easiest fruits to grow organically and they produce abundant fruit. Growing berries is ideal for the water wise gardener and to grow the best berries is actually much easier than one thinks. They are perfect to teach children about food gardening and even if you don't grow them for the fruit basket, they also attract birds to the garden. Berries can be tough shrubs or rambling ideal for a fence or trellis so there is a space for them in any size garden.

Whether you like the new fashion Goji Berries or tough old favourites here's our advice to inspire you to add some to your garden.

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