Posts Tagged "garden"

Mulching Magic

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Landscaping

Mulching Magic

Magicians have wands, doctors scalpels and gardeners have mulching machines. Our spells improve soil by adding mulch, liberally, which imitates the effect of a forest floor. Rich humus forms under the mulch layer, improving the fertility, water retention and soil fauna biome. An environment which quickly attracts the masters of soil management: earthworms. This is an organic method I favour as it also provides a way to return all the clippings, cuttings ,weeds and debris back to the garden. Carbon return offsets the small carbon footprint we have and leads to a concious earth loving method of...

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Fynbos in the rain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in The Green Life

Fynbos in the rain

Winter brings replenishing water, icy winds and seasonal flowers. A frosty magic moment revealed some interesting aspects as I passed this scene. A francolin, endemic to the region and bullied for territory by guinea fowl, makes his way into the undergrowth. Above him a drama is played out by the parasitic Cuscuta (witches hair/dodder) draped over a keurboom tree. The dodder grows from seed and the proceeds to grow over and feast on its host plants. Between are the radiant yellow flowers of leucospermum cuneiforme a delightful shrub with intricate flowers. Certainly a fine choice for a Fynbos garden as it thrives in Cape soils, attracting many birds and giving a splash of colour before the spring...

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Adaminspection

Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in The Green Life

Adaminspection

Majesty,marvelous mountain.The earthworm team are taking in the beauty of the gnarled, colourful rocks and the pristine water, The reflections and echoes were startlingly crisp and clear. The reward for hard work was a walk up to Three Dams cradled in kloof. Our gardening water originates from this catchment, live energised water. How blessed. To the uninitiated and frequent visitor alike these are reservoirs of...

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Transplanting

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Landscaping

Transplanting

Choosing a day to transplant trees is certainly a challenging task, moving a tree is critical. A client required clearing of access to a garage which brought me to this situation. Optimum transplanting on the dark moon was past yet we are still enjoying winter moisture and dormancy. Our diarised day broke cold, windy and wet. We proceeded to root prune, clip off leaves,to reduce shock and dig a new home. Without too much fuss, the team is well drilled, we transplanted a water pear and a yellowwood new sites. Compost, regular watering and TLC should see them settle and show new growth in the summer. Hopefully the owner of the adjacent plot chooses to keep access away from the...

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Reflections

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Landscaping

Reflections

An exquisite calm day provided Earthworm Organics with a moment to reflect on the merits of a landscaped garden. We are presently working around this pond/dam, integrating the banks with the surrounding garden. This opportunity arose after the dominant reeds were reduced and fresh ground exposed. Fortunately we have an abundance of kniphofia, cyperus and wachendorfia to split and replant. We will also plant dietes and groundcovers to bulk out and protect the soil in conjunction with mulch. Random rocks and pebbles will add texture and form. How lucky we are to have such grand trees to cast their magnificent shadows in the...

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