• Urban Gardening with Vegetables

    Kobus Voorham

    For some gardeners, growing vegetables in containers is a necessity. Urban gardening make use of rooftops, balconies, alleyways, sidewalks or whatever little space the gardener has available. Gardeners with physical disabilities find that growing vegetables in containers makes them far easier to reach and tend. Property with difficult soil conditions (sandstone, clay, permafrost …) make growing vegetables…

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  • How to Grow Orchids

    Kobus Voorham

    The beauty, complexity and incredible diversity of orchid flowers are unrivalled in the plant world. These exotic beauties comprise the largest family of flowering plants on earth, with over 30,000 different species, and at least 200,000 hybrids. Orchids can be found in the equatorial tropics, the arctic tundra, and everywhere in between. The reason for…

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  • Building Healthy Soil for Garden

    Kobus Voorham

    Though some gardeners may be blessed with perfect soil, most of us garden in soil that is less than perfect. If your soil has too much clay in it, is too sandy, too stony or too acidic, don’t despair. Turning a poor soil into a plant-friendly soil is not difficult to do, once you understand the…

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  • How do Plants Climb?

    Kobus Voorham

    Growing up rather than out is a good way to save space in the garden. You also get to enjoy lots of great vine plants such as sugar snap peas, pole beans, moon flowers, bougainvillea, and clematis. Adding a trellis or some other vertical structure to your garden also gives you a whole new dimension of visual…

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  • How to Choose Trellises and Supports for Climbing Plants

    Kobus Voorham

    Spend a week or two touring British flower gardens, and you’ll come home with a whole new appreciation for how climbing plants can enhance a garden. Everywhere you turn the walls are covered with roses and climbing hydrangeas; the trees and shrubs are threaded with clematis; pergolas, arches and fences are draped in honeysuckle and…

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  • Gardening for Birds and Butterflies

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    As natural habitats are replaced by developed land, many species of birds and butterflies become increasingly reliant on the space gardeners provide for them. Here are the basics for creating a bird and butterfly oasis in your garden. Avoid Using Pesticides Although pesticides might be designed to target specific pests, they can also harm other…

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  • How to Create Your Dream Garden

    Kobus Voorham

    Turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis with these tips for picking, planting, and caring for outdoor plants. Pick the Right Plants Landscape and professional gardeners know that plants that are not suited for your yard’s conditions won’t last a long time no matter how much care they receive. This is true for any plant…

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  • 5 Gardening Tips for this Season

    Kobus Voorham

    Raised bed gardens, tiny plots, container gardening, and other techniques help you grow more in less space. Here are 5 tips to make your harvest bountiful—plus, a garden plot design. 1. Raise Your Beds Forget about growing plants in single file in long, parallel rows. You can grow up to 10 times the amount of produce in the same…

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  • How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

    Kobus Voorham

    Want to attract birds to your garden? Implement these four garden design strategies to create a haven for our fine feathered friends. 1. Give Birds a Place to Stay The best gardens for birds are the densest ones, so embrace nature’s mess! Plant at different heights to create layers and lure a variety of winged visitors; tangles…

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  • Companion Planting Strategies

    Kobus Voorham

    The best defense against threats to your garden is a solid garden plan! Read these backyard landscaping ideas to learn how you can arm your garden from unwanted ! – Plant French marigolds (Tagetes sp.) to get rid of nematodes – (soil-borne pests that infest the root systems of plants). They don’t like the chemicals…

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