Winter gardening tips - harvesting vegetablesWinter is a great time to harvest those root crop veggies for delicious hot soups and chasing away the cold. Harvest your root vegetables such as carrots, beetroot, potatoes, garlic, radish and turnips.
Plant companion plants like rosemary with the brassicas (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts), peas with carrots, parsley with lettuce, beetroot with swiss chard / spinach, and potatoes with mint (although remember mint's invasiveness warrants it be planted in a submerged pot).
Many individuals, corporations and other institutions wish to be associated with Madiba and his incredible legacy and so in response to this demand Jean has created what is truly a remarkable bronze that is a superb tribute to his memory.
This iconic bust which measures 700mm high by 500mm wide is produced in an edition which is limited to 9 for Africa, 9 for Europe and 9 for America. The sculpture is available on a first come first served basis at R 185 000. As it is a limited edition (total 27 worldwide) it is likely to have large investment potential.
Jean created the life-size statue of Mandela that is positioned outside the Victor Verster prison (Drakenstein Correctional Centre) between Paarl and Franschhoek from where he was released. Thousands of tourists visit this statue annually and it has become one of the most photographed statues in Africa.
Jean Doyle was commissioned to sculpt this prestigious sculpture and Doyle Art Foundry produced the statue over a period of 12 months. As much as 450kg of bronze was used in the casting process and 12 trained foundry-men ranging wax makers to mould makers, casting technicians and fettlers were involved in the process.
This monument was unveiled in August 2008 by Nelson Mandela himself. A 3m replica of this statue has also been erected outside the South African Embassy in Washington.
View more information on Jean Doyle and her sculptures.
The surface of Earth, constantly eroded by wind and rain, hides its history and thus, only 128 confirmed impact craters have been spotted on Earth's surface. However, a new study suggests that this low number is not the result of lazy searching; all of the big impact craters on the planet's surface have been found, leaving none to be discovered.
In 2014, Brandon Johnson, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, led a similar study, which found that for craters 85 kilometres in diameter and larger the geologic record ought to be complete. Based on the rate of impacts and the age of the crust, his team predicted eight craters this size, and there are six or seven that have been confirmed.
These giant craters are deep enough to survive erosion, but they can be destroyed by plate tectonics, which splits apart, subducts, or otherwise jumbles up the crust the craters sit on - a process Johnson's study examined. He does , however, point out that the current study examines just surface craters. There are also 60 documented craters that have been buried, and preserved, in basins, underneath deep piles of sediment (for example Chicxulub, in Mexico, the remnant of the dinosaur-killing impact and another large crater lies underneath the Chesapeake Bay in the eastern United States).
Now, Stefan Hergarten and Thomas Kenkmann, geophysicists at the University of Freiburg in Germany, have taken the analysis further and found that the documented record is complete down to much smaller impact craters. They combined estimates of asteroid impact rates with rates of erosion, and compared the resulting theoretical crater distribution with what geologists actually see. For the 70 craters larger than 6 kilometres across, the record is complete.
Researchers and crater hunters are changing their focus, giving up the search for big ones and focussing on finding the smaller ones between 0.25 kilometres and 6 kilometres wide that still remain undiscovered.
In spite of ever-improving remote sensing techniques, which enable almost anyone to search for circular features on Earth's surface, fewer and fewer true craters are turning up.
Source: Science Magazine
Roots and canopy do not share the same growth rate. The roots set the pace because they are needed to provide adequate water, oxygen and minerals to the growing tree. Roots are likely to develop more rapidly and spread faster than branches, because the area under the canopy becomes dryer than the surrounding area (the main volume of water is shed outside the 'circle' formed by the branch system and leaves in the same way as does the umbrella), and therefore the trees root growth has to match and exceed the growth of their branches to make sure that the tree gets sufficient water to sustain its growth.
Here are few points that can be taken into consideration when determining the size of the root system of an existing tree or a potential future tree:
Make sure you stop in there with a little bit of time on your hands, as inside the shop and outside in their yard are some hidden gems of pieces to include in your garden or home.
Rustic, old containers galore! Expect exactly as the shops name suggests. A lot of the items in the shop are aged, banged up and rusty - all with the aim of providing you with the full rustic experience - but amongst all this derelict, there are some repurposed or upcycled items that would add value to a "farmstyle" or "organic" house or garden decor style.
Their main items are decor for the garden and patio, which include wrought iron furniture, patio cupboards, benches, chests and coffee tables. All made in the "rustic" design finish and with natural materials.
They also display a variety of unique containers. These containers can be paired up with a specific plant, or can bought already with a chosen plant in it. Their range of interesting colourful succulents and plants are a delight.
For more information visit The Rust Bucket.
Taking place at various restaurants in Cape Town until October 2015, thrilling supper events invite lovers of crime novels and murderous tales to wine and dine while immersing themselves in a mysterious plot rich with treacherous characters.
See the calendar of mystery parties Murder Mystery Dinner Parties.
Description :Shrub to 1.5m with showy yellow flowers on the ends of stems.
Flowering time :Winter - Spring
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Soften your stepping stones, or geometrically placed pavers with a little greenery inbetween. Modern large pavers equally spaced would be best with between 70 - 100mm of greening space between that can be planted up with the most appropriate ground cover.
Wonder lawn (Dichondra repens), Viola (Viola pallens), soleirolii (Soleirolia soleirolii), penny royal (Mentha pulegium), dwarf mondo (Ophiopogon japonicus "Nana") or even normal lawn can be used effectively.
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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