An excellent way to reuse beautiful old or new porcelaine and cutlery. I found this decorative bird cage at one of our local craft markets, the Klip Klap Market, in Olympus, Pretoria East.
The Klip-Klap market is a monthly, eclectic market hosting antiques, quality hand-made crafts (many of which uses local craftsmen and recycled or reused material), food and wine. Go to their website for their exhibition dates.
With Spring in the air you might feel like getting outside and spending some time in the garden. While you are there, why not add a couple of summer veggies and tasty herbs to your garden. If you don’t have a dedicated vegetable and herb garden, you can plant them between your regular garden plants.
They’ll not only fill those empty spaces left by the winter cold, but you’ll also be able to dish them up in a couple of weeks. Getting into the habit of growing your own vegetables will save you from travelling to the grocery store and improve bio-diversity in your area.
Tips for growing your own herbs and veggies:
If you’re new to growing herbs and vegetables, start by buying seedlings from your local nursery. It will increase your chance to succeed, improving the likelyhood that you’ll try it again;
Check the planting conditions (sun / shade / semi-shade). If the seedlings are not labeled, ask the shop assistant;
If you decide to grow veggies from seed, starting in a seed tray that is located near your kitchen / patio will help you remember to water them regularly in the first couple of weeks;
Pots are a great way to add vegetables and herbs to your garden and patio. They can easily be replaced once they go past their expiry date or re-filled with a couple of seedlings for an instant new look;
When planting seedlings from trays, don’t plant them all at one time otherwise they will all be ripe at the same time. Plant them over a period, ensuring that you keep your seedlings properly watered and fed, and you will extend your harvest time.
Onions in all shapes and sizes has been a loyal companion in my kitchen ever since I moved out of the house. I’m sure most will agree that there is nothing more welcoming in a home than the smell of onions frying in a pan. Continue reading “From the Onion Patch”
Want to plant a vegetable garden but have no garden space available? Well, if you have a balcony or stoep and a potplant or two, you can grow your own veggies right there on your doorstep. Not only will you be able to grow your own vegetables, you’ll also add some color to your outside area. Continue reading “Plant a Vegetable Planter”
I know a word like biodiversity probably sounds a little intimidating to a newby greenie, but wait until you see how easy it can be.
First, what is biodiversity? Biodiversity measures the diversity of living organisms (plants, animals both on earth and in the water) in a given area. This, in turn, is a measure of how healthy a biological area is.
You can turn your garden into a biodiversity friendly spot simply by planting a variety of endemic plants that will attract other life-forms and help save our planet. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?
Here are ways to improve biodiversity: Continue reading “Improve Biodiversity”