Spring Gardening TipsSpring always brings with it a change of energy in the air, a sense of lightness, an urge to discard old things and to make space for new life. It is the best time of the year to feed and nourish your garden, creating the foundation to enable your garden to provide you with a flower vista of beautiful proportions for the year to come.
If you have an existing lawn area, minimise the winter lawn thatching (build up of dead matted grass which prevents water and fertilisers from penetrating the soil) with a good strong metal rake or a lawn spike aerator, mow it short, rake in good top dressing to fill in any dips and holes, and water and fertilise with organic fertiliser like Neutrog Rapid Raiser (3:3:3).
Additionally, order a good amount of compost and mix that into your garden beds with a good fertilisation of flower and growth enhancing organic fertiliser (Seagro Superkel and Seagro Organic Plant Food are great for this) and mulch the bed surface to keep the moisture in.
Finally, check your irrigation system is working effectively, adjust where necessary and activate the spring irrigation program settings.
Ian Joughin of the University of Washington in Seattle and colleagues recently mapped 124 subglacial lakes across Antarctica using lasers on NASA's ICESat satellite. The team observed that while the interior lakes tended to be static, many coastal lakes changed significantly by draining and filling. Satellite observations have also shown ice sheets appearing to 'breathe' up and down in some regions. This motion has been linked to the ebb and flow of the network of ice rivers and lakes deep below the ice.
Leigh Stearns of the University of Maine, Orono, and her colleagues collected the first direct evidence that floods in this network can affect the speed of glaciers flowing into the sea. They tracked the ocean-bound movement of east Antarctica's Byrd glacier and events in two lakes that lie beneath it, and found that the glacier sped up between late 2005 and mid-2007, precisely when satellite imaging showed that both lakes were overflowing.
Source: New Scientist
But there are other variants of healthy or ethics-based diets that are regularly confused with vegetarianism.
As more and more people start to choose a healthier diet, variants and subsets of the above have been categorised to differentiate these choices further:
The old Darling station building has been converted into a cosy theatre and restaurant and is creatively named 'Evita se Perron'. The food served is delicious boerekos (a vegetarian option is available on prior request) and the show itself, constantly being updated, is sure to be a delightful, satirical feast. South African life is taken apart with no sector of the community immune from Pieter's (Evita's) biting wit.
The ambiance of the theatre has been cleverly created through use of a huge collection of local boere 'kitsch' mixed with old apartheid signs. The idea is to laugh, shed some tears, and be thankful that the past is indeed in this beautiful country's past.
Up to 90 people can be accommodated at 'Evita se Perron', and the venue can be booked for groups, corporates etc. Show tickets cost R100 per person (which includes R1pp donation to The Darling Trust). Bookings can be done by calling Beryl +27 22 492 3930 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boerassic Park (outside the theatre) is home to a fine collection of plastic flowers and comical creations mocking all our favourite politicians. It is very much worth a look-see and a giggle or two.
For more information visit Evita's Website
Implementation is aimed to be completed by start of the next school holidays.
Don't forget to check their event listing for activities specially catering for children during this holiday time.
Darling is hosting their 92nd annual flower show on the 18 to 20 September. All flowers and plants on show grow wild in the Darling district and are picked under strict supervision of the Darling Wildflower Society.
Venue: The Sports Club in Darling
For more information on the Darling Wild Flower Show visit their website
Gilbert's brilliant libretto now explodes with hilarious comedy situations, and music from other Savoy operas has been added to Sullivan's most tuneful score of this lavish and colourful swinging production.
The show opens with a preview evening on the 18th September and runs till the 3rd October. Tickets range from R80 to R140 per person, and bookings can be done via Computicket.
Description :Indigenous neat spreading bush to 1.5m with bright red or salmon coloured pin cushion flowers.
Flowering time :Winter, spring, early summer
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