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Healthy Soil and How to Make It

A Crash Course in Soil Maintenance BY COLLEEN VANDERLINDEN Southern Stock/Stockbyte/Getty Images Whether you are growing flowers, herbs, vegetables, a lawn, or a shrub border, healthy soil is an absolute must. Your plants will be less prone to pest and disease issues, they’ll grow better, and they’ll look better. With...

Understanding and Improving Clay Soil

Knysna is reknown for its poor soil, it is either heavy clay or sandy soil which is a huge challenge for gardeners.  This article was published on an American site, the information provided can be very useful for local conditions. A Gardener’s Guide BY COLLEEN VANDERLINDEN Ezra Bailey / Getty...

Control Ants in the Flower Garden

Kill or Repel these Pests Without Chemicals or Pesticides BY JAMIE MCINTOSH   bob van den berg photography/Moment Open/Getty Images Although horticulturalists don’t categorize ants as a garden pest, most people consider the ant an unwelcome tenant in the flower garden. Ants are aggressive, especially the notorious fire ant of the...

More About Our Club

‘Gardening at Leisure’ offers garden lovers of Knysna the opportunity to share their interest with like minded people. Our club has a range of activities and events designed to meet the needs of anyone wishing to add a social dimension to their interest in gardening.

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November 14, 2017 |

Healthy Soil and How to Make It

A Crash Course in Soil Maintenance BY COLLEEN VANDERLINDEN Southern Stock/Stockbyte/Getty Images Whether you are growing flowers, herbs, vegetables, a lawn, or a shrub border, healthy soil is an absolute must. Your plants will be less prone to pest and disease issues, they’ll grow better, and they’ll look better. With a bit of know-how, some work, and some patience, you can have healthy soil, no matter what kind of soil you are starting with. Characteristics of Healthy Garden Soil If good soil could be achieved merely by buying a bag of fertilizer from the garden center, most Americans would be boasting perfect soil. While fertility is obviously an aspect of good garden soil, there is...

November 14, 2017 |

Understanding and Improving Clay Soil

Knysna is reknown for its poor soil, it is either heavy clay or sandy soil which is a huge challenge for gardeners.  This article was published on an American site, the information provided can be very useful for local conditions. A Gardener’s Guide BY COLLEEN VANDERLINDEN Ezra Bailey / Getty Images Clay soil is prevalent many parts of the United States, and it can be a real pain if you happen to decide that you want to plant a flower or vegetable garden. While many trees and shrubs grow well in clay, the roots of the majority of annuals, perennials, and vegetables just aren’t strong enough to make their way through. And if spring flower bulbs are...

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