Reuse, reuse, reuse

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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.

Herbs and Vegetables

Grow Vegetables and HerbsWith 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:

tips on growing herbs and vegetables 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;

tips on growing herbs and vegetables  Check the planting conditions (sun / shade / semi-shade).  If the seedlings are not labeled, ask the shop assistant;

tips on growing herbs and vegetables  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;

tips on growing herbs and vegetables  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;

tips on growing herbs and vegetables  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.

Improve Biodiversity

 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.  Flower

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”