Gardening in February 2019

It’s harvest time! All over town the roads are sticky from spilled grape juice. Tractors, bakkies, trucks and some often un-roadworthy modes of transport are groaning under their loads of grapes, plums and peaches. Even in the home garden February is a month of absolute abundance. Don’t let the heat put you off – this a month of great gardening …

Gardening in January 2019

Traditionally, this first article of the year is where we look at some gardening trends for the coming year. Before I start prophesying, let’s reflect on my forecasts for 2018. I forecasted a movement back towards 70’s fashion – not as big as I thought but still significant. Indoor plants were big as forecasted. So was the colour purple. Permaculture …

Gardening in December 2018

Gardening in December I am writing this article with the sound of gentle rain on our tin roof. Some November rain to cool and nourish the earth. After what was a reasonably good winter rainfall season, we jumped straight into summer. Is it only me or did we skip spring this year? The early heat and accompanying South-Easter challenges and …

Gardening in November 2018

Gardening in November If ever there could have been another month in our calendar it would have fitted perfectly between October and November. Now is when you realise that the year has truly ran away from you. With only 8 weekends until Christmas time is indeed running out for the weekend garden warrior. There is so much to do, but …

Gardening in July 2018

Gardening in July Happy gardening – whether on the couch or in the mud.

Gardening in May 2018

Gardening in May As the enduring optimist I went long on rain last month; and for once I was pleasantly proven right. We have had some good early rains in April. Looking at the way the cold fronts are coming through now, my optimism for at least a normal rainfall this winter is growing by the week. Even though we …

Gardening in March 2018

Gardening in March 2018 The drought and accompanying water shortages are still with us. We did get some encouraging figures coming through in recent weeks – agricultural consumption has dropped, households are doing their bit with daily consumption in Cape Town falling to the lowest levels in recent years, the dam levels are dropping very slowly – almost staying constant. …

Gardening in February 2018

Gardening in February How do you even begin to write a gardening column when all that is on everyone’s lips is “Day Zero”? The day when the taps will run dry. People will have to queue for water. Under tight security. There is already talk of bringing the military in. 25L per person per day. What about the sewage? What …

Gardening in January 2018

Gardening in January And that was 2017! The year that saw Robert Mugabe lose his grip on Zimbabwe, Jacob Zuma clinging with all he has to keep his grip on SA, some big traditional companies losing their grip on stock exchanges and our government losing their grip on handling drought, famine, disease and spending. But it was also the year …

Gardening in December

Gardening in December As I am writing this article the sound of the keyboard is in symphony with the sound of rain on our tin roof. What a blessing to receive November rain! Despite the drought and subsequent worst water shortage in modern history we have been receiving weekly bits of rain for the past 2 months. Just enough to …