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The ten minute gardener

Feed the garden to boost the greenThe beginning of the year is always a time for cleaning up bringing in changes, from the office to the home and finally the garden. In getting the routine back after the holidays one doesnít 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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Wake up the garden!

The only way to grow the best is to feed your gardenGet you garden ready for summer entertaining and bring back some green. Even though the garden has not slowed down as much this past winter itís time to wake it up and get it ready. Over the next week sort out the lawn, feed the beds and to add a generous layer of compost all round.

Plants grow right through the year and even though some may seem to be standing still their roots are always growing. It is important to feed all plants, even indigenous ones need to be fed to perform at their best. Plants need various nutrients to give their best, some more nitrogen for leaves and others more potassium for better flowering or fruiting. Which fertiliser should you be using on the lawns or the beds?

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Grow sum yum

It is time to plant the first crop!Growing your own food is very rewarding; our food court has been extended this year to give you even more choice. Get the kids involved, they eat what they grow easier than what you tell them to eat and itís a great way to teach them about organic food as well as using water responsibly. This summer #GrowSumYum and let the Masterchef in your home play with the tastiest veggies on the block. Itís time to plant the first crop!

Every garden or balcony has a spot for some herbs or veggies. Besides the cost savings the taste is always better and it is so rewarding when you put a salad on the table that is truly home made.

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Grow your own food

Plant a grape vine near your patioPeaches and grapes are making a comeback in gardens as more and more gardeners what to grow something easy that can also add to the food basket. Peaches do very well in our area and even in a small garden. They donít mind being kept small and still provide fruit.

Grapes are ideal to plant over an arch in the veggie garden or up the patio pillar to add a touch of Tuscany of the Cape to your entertainment area.

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