Summer Gardening Tips - Herbs and VeggiesSpring is traditionally seen as the season for harvesting herbs and veggies, however there are a variety of these food sources that are at their peak for harvesting during our warm summer spells.
Summer is the time to sow and reap carrots, beetroots, beans, pumpkin, marrows, cucumbers, rocket and radishes for example. For tomatoes, eggplant, chillies, green peppers and lettuce, it is easier to sow the seeds into seed trays and wait until they germinate before you plant them into the beds, or even simpler, buy already grown seedlings from your nursery. Putting a thin layer of straw over the sown seeds will help prevent the beds from drying out in the warm weather.
Summer is a good time for herbs such as mint, sweet basil, coriander, dill and oregano. You can also plant herbs that your pets will love, such as dog grass, catnip and borage. To keep the herbs growing well, pick them regularly and feed them twice a month with a liquid fertiliser at half the strength.
Werner grew up in Worcester and started working after school in an art gallery in the local town. While working at the art gallery, a friend told him about porcelain restoration, and the two of them started investigating this further. They bought a book on the subject and began reading up on it, and eventually managed to source a course in Claremont, Cape Town, given by Belinda Wilkinson on exactly that.
Being inspired by the course, Werner took up porcelain restoration as a hobby while working at the art gallery and shortly gave up the gallery to apprentice in glass blowing works for 4 years with David Reade at The Barn in town. But eventually as the restoration work grew more demanding, a decision had to be made between the two crafts. Porcelain restoration won, and after a few more intensive courses at The South African Institute for Objects Conservation (SAINST), Werner started his own business.
As anyone who has started their own business knows, the first few years are hard work. The same was true for Werner, but his work spoke for itself, and over the years his business has thrived. Today he has customers from all over the country and abroad. They are mostly collectors, people who the auctioneers Strauss & Co. send to him, museums, architects, The Heritage Conservation Group (part of SAINST), and also ordinary people who attach sentimental value to a broken item. Werner never says no to work that does not come his way. He said if the piece means something to someone, he would fix it, no matter whether it is an ornament of thousands of rands, a priceless collectors item, or a cheap but sentimental treasure.
Led by neuroscientist William L. Klein and materials scientist Vinayak P. Dravid, the research team developed an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) probe that pairs a magnetic nanostructure (MNS) with an antibody that seeks out the amyloid beta brain toxins responsible for onset of the disease. The accumulated toxins, because of the associated magnetic nanostructures, show up as dark areas in MRI scans of the brain.
This new MRI probe technology is detecting something different from conventional technology: toxic amyloid beta oligomers instead of plaques, which occur at a stage of Alzheimer's when therapeutic intervention would be very late. Amyloid beta oligomers now are widely believed to be the culprit in the onset of Alzheimer's disease and subsequent memory loss.
In a diseased brain, the mobile amyloid beta oligomers attack the synapses of neurons, destroying memory and ultimately resulting in neuron death. As time progresses, the amyloid beta builds up and starts to stick together, forming the amyloid plaques that current probes target. Oligomers may appear more than a decade before plaques are detected.
This ability to detect the molecular toxins may one day enable scientists to both spot trouble early and better design drugs or therapies to combat and monitor the disease. And, while not the focus of the study, early evidence suggests the MRI probe improves memory, too, by binding to the toxins to render them "handcuffed" to do further damage.
Sources : Science Daily.
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A family owned and managed Estate, the current owners, Harold and Denise Johnson purchased the farm in 1992, and have committed themselves to a programme of development to realise Zevenwacht's rich potential beyond wine production. The estate has a strong commitment to historic and cultural preservation, as well as the active socio-economic upliftment of its workers and their families.
Two prime farming locations supply the Zevenwacht winery. The home vineyards on Zevenwacht's 450 hectare maritime property supplies the bulk of the wine that fills the 1000 ton cellar. The farm Zevenrivieren, at the crest of the "Helshoogte" (Heights of Hell) Pass, overlooking Stellenbosch, provides equally outstanding grapes and adds fascinating variety to the collection.
The slopes of Zevenwacht not only produce wines, but also mark the site of one of the Cape's most remarkable Commercial enterprises - The Tin Mines which operated here in the years leading up to the First World War.
The shafts and machinery from that venture still remain on Zevenwacht bearing eloquent testimony to this impressive undertaking. A white blend and a red blend are made from top quality grapes exclusively from vineyards on these sites. As a result a specific sense of place finds expression in the complexity and richness of these two Tin Mine blends.
For more information visit Zewenwacht Wine Estate website.
After a successfully busy year, we are taking full advantage of the builders holiday and will therefore only be opening up officially on Monday 19 January 2015.
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Description :Spreading shrub up to 60cm with small white flowers.
Flowering time :Winter - Summer
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Bringing in the festive feel into the garden - whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year - can easily be done with small hanging lights strewn across a specific space.
Spread the lights strings in parallel lines (vertically or horizontally) or run them in a straight line at floor level for best impact and switch them on just as the sun is setting.
Seeds can be sown or plants can be planted for the following herbs and veggies this month:
View our full planting plan in our resources section of our website.
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