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Food gardening for winter

Plant from seed or established seedlings for a mixed basket of winter greensAutumn into early winter is the time to refresh the veggie patch or even plant up some new containers of veggies and greens to boost your kitchen garden over the coming months. By planting before it gets frosty you will find that you get some good growth with the warmer day temperatures and ultimately a better harvest down the line.

As you pull out the last of your summer crops that are ending always prepare the soil to replace the nutrients used up with the last harvest. Veggies love loads of organic matter and home-grown organic veggies even taste better than organic store bought.

Traditionally the best time of the year for root crops one can also add some leafy greens to the winter harvest. As gardens have become smaller and more protected it has become easier to grow top crops too. If your veggie patch is very exposed to the elements and covers in heavy frost then choose root crops first but if not itís time to experiment!


Boring Winter ... No Ways!

Create a splash of colour with bedding plantsIt's not "all the trees are brown and skies are grey" in SA in winter. It can easily be the most colourful time of the year in your garden.† Over the next few weeks it's time to sow and plant some of our all time favourite bedding plants Bedding plants are most rewarding this time of the year as there is just so much to choose from.

These include calendula, cineraria, dianthus, delphiniums, Iceland poppies, nemesia, pansies, snapdragon and stocks. The range is extended even more with the selection of seeds that make adding colour to your winter garden just so easy.


Green Glorious Green

Bold green Chinese LaurelThe one thing that we can say about 2015 is that it certainly has had a green start! The street trees are full and thick and the shrubs in our local area looking like they have put on more growth than ever, all thanks to the abundant rain we have had. In the meanings of colours green†is not just the colour of growth, it is the colour of renewal and rebirth. Bright green restores depleted energy, balance and harmony. That's nature taking care of us this New Year for sure!

Plant some new shrubs to update the garden and take advantage of all that green energy that they bring. We looked for some of our favourite green foliage shrubs that look good all year and with some of them flowering as a bonus, it's time to take the plunge. Pull out that old shrub that does nothing and add some new fresh green.


Install a water feature

Water encompasses all the sensesIf you donít already have a water feature this is the year to consider installing one. Water brings movement and peace and there is nothing more relaxing and calming than listening to soft running water after a stressful day.†With some of the easy to use products we listed below there is no need to have green water in your pond or fountain to put you off having one.

Because moving water encompasses all senses, your water feature should be the focal point of your garden or patio. Fountains have many benefits other than adding beauty to your home or gardens.†Water in the garden aids in stress relief and relaxation, acts as a natural humidifier, improves air quality with negative ions, and produces soothing water sounds that can drown out annoying sounds†or street noise to soothe and relax you.


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