Autumn Gardening tipsAfter a glorious summer your thoughts need to be turning to the onset of autumn and what that will mean for your lawn, plants and flowers. As the weather turns colder and wetter (for winter rainfall regions) and the days begin to get shorter, your garden will change and need different care given to it to keep it looking good and ready for spring.
Use the time of being indoors in front of a cosy fire efficiently by reading some books. Recommended reads on bonsai are 'Kuns in die kleine' by Pieter Loubser, 'Bonsai Masterclass' by Craig Coussins, 'Bonsai Styles of the World' by Charles S. Ceronio, 'Bonsai Success in Southern Africa' by Carl Morrow and Keith Kirsten and 'Growing Bonsai in South Africa' by Doug Hall.
Bonsai Care tips from Heine at Bonsai Care - South Africa
Herman Manson has put together a list of 7 design insights gathered from well known artists / designers to further aid aspiring designers / artists in their endeavour to capture an audience:
Wren was inspired by various speakers at the Indaba and came away with three positive reflections that are prevalent in any designers' life.
While Amanda Strydom was inspired by the multitude of interesting stands, including the use of chartreuse in fabrics, eco furniture, silver orchid vases and much more.
Lowry and research partner Marta Perez-Gussinye examined temperature and gravity across the Western United States from a movable network of seismic instruments to describe the geological properties of the earth's crust. During studies and repeated testing it was revealed that there was a correlation between quartz deposits and geologic events and subsequently, the scientists discovered that quartz crystal deposits are found wherever mountains or fault lines occur.
Using newly developed remote sensing technology known as Earthscope, Lowry and Perez-Gussinye found that quartz indicates a weakness in the earth's crust likely to spawn a geologic event such as an earthquake or a volcano. They explain that quartz contains trapped water that is released when heated under stress. This allows rocks to slide and flow in what Lowry termed a "viscous cycle."
Quartz also may account for the movements of continents known as continental drift or plate tectonics. The massive earthquake last week in Japan pushed the island nation eight feet closer to the continental United States as the Asiatic tectonic plate slid under the North American plate.
Source : News Daily
The difference is simple. The pure organic product should be certified as organic.
To have the right to use the label "certified organic", an organic farmer must have a production system that is "managed to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity."
If a product has been organically certified, it means that the farmer has:
Furthermore, organic farming prohibits the use of man made pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers as well as antibiotics, hormone treatments, genetically modified organisms, sewerage sludge and the feeding of animal by-products to livestock, so you are guaranteed a healthy product.
In most people's minds, these prohibitions are the defining characteristics of organic farming, but for the organic farmer, they are just the starting point - the rules of the game.
Building a successful organic system really depends on a farmer's ability to put together the mix of allowed farm practices that best enhances the farm's natural ecology, fertility and long-term sustainability. Choosing and coordinating crop rotations, tillage methods, soil amendments, grazing rotations and many more details is what makes organic farming endlessly fascinating and rewarding.
Four principles of the organic approach are:
Source : The Organic Farming Manual by Ann Larkin Hansen
Knysna is one of the most beautiful quaint little towns along the Garden Route, nestling between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains, the Indian Ocean and flanked by forests measuring some 80,000 ha in size, which are managed to strict conservation principles. These forests are also home to the only forest elephants in South Africa. Knysna also has some unique but endangered species such as the Knysna seahorse, the Brenton Blue Butterfly, the delicate Pansy shell and the dwarf chameleon.
Being a popular holiday destination throughout the year, this tranquil town is abundant with accommodation vast enough to match any budget. But if you want to splash out on a really romantic luxury weekend then stay at Tonquani Lodge & Spa 5 star accommodation surrounded by lush vegetation and tranquility.
Tonquani is also a honeymooner's delight where couples can look forward to unwind, relax, regenerate and enjoy each other's company. Rooms can be set up for a romantic aromatic bath, complimentary champagne, chocolates and flowers and on more than one occasion Tonquani has been the first stepping stone for couples to extend their honeymoon stay into a regular anniversary celebration.
Tonquani's Milkwood Chalet, a luxurious duplex, comprises of an upstairs air-conditioned bedroom with X-length King sized bed, downstairs has a covered sundeck with barbeque and patio furniture leading into a lounge with TV, DVD, fireplace, mini bar, tea, coffee & biscuits. It has a full bathroom with a victorian bath, TV, shower, bathrobes, slippers and a separate toilet.
The Knysna Loerie Chalet is a private tree-top hideaway. It has its own private garden with splash pool, pool loungers, weber barbecue, patio with patio furniture, a lounge with television, DVD, mini-bar, hi-fi, fireplace & airconditioner, a dining room & kitchen, and a bedroom with X-length King size four-poster hand carved bed & embossed white percale cotton linen. The luxurious en-suite bathroom has a slipper bath & indoor/outdoor shower with a walk-in dressing room and bathrobes. The chalet also has a private spa area with its own jacuzzi.
The Tonquani Spa offers an exclusive & intimate spa experience, ideal for couples & friends wanting to spend quality time together while being pampered. Their facilities include a dual treatment area, relaxation room, sauna and a change room with a rain shower. Spa guests enjoy exclusive use of the facilities during their treatments - their comprehensive Spa Menu offers treatments designed for every need.
For more information on this 5 star accommodation visit their website.
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Chondropetalum Tectorum = Elegia Tectorum
Description :Indigenous tufted reed-like plant that grows from about 20cm to 1.5m.
Flowering time :Autumn
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Sterhuis Chenin Blanc / Viognier 2010
Winemaker : Johan Kruger
Description :An affordable white blend, made to appeal to a broader audience, made from grapes grown on the slopes of the Bottelary Hill in Stellenbosch.
Aroma : Elegant with perfume notes and peaches and cream from both varieties.
Palate : Fine mineral character which is signature to Sterhuis terroir. Palate is full and rich with limes, orange blossom and length of peaches and apricot on the finish.
Winemaking : The Chenin Blanc was fermented in stainless steel and the Viognier fermented in older French oak with natural yeasts. After fermentation and three months on lees the wines are blended and bottled.
Food Pairing : Enjoy on its own or with spicy food and white meat dishes.
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.
We all love a chance to test our own brain capacity with brain teasers. Try see if you can figure out this one...
February's Teaser Answer :
"Just around the corner"
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