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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • Reach for tools with the emergence of spring
    Mar 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Reach for tools with the emergence of spring

    It’s time to dust the cobwebs off your garden tools and clean them up for the start of a new growing season.

    With this in mind, one should also have a plan for the coming year.

    Maintenance is a word with much deception; what is...

  • Gardening: February is a month purifying
    Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am

    Gardening: February is a month purifying

    The word February comes from the Roman Februarius.

    It was named after the Latin term Februum, which means purification from the ritual Februa held on the 15th of the month.

    But why anyone would want to do anything — especially in the...

  • Transition time in the garden
    Nov 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Transition time in the garden

    In the original Roman calendar November was the ninth month (novem in Latin = nine). But then the Romans added January and February so November became the eleventh month, which only proves there is nothing as constant as...

  • Think going cool and be colourful
    Oct 18, 2016 8:00 am

    Think going cool and be colourful

    This month we should see a downward movement in temperature.

    With that comes the opportunity to do some planting, especially the wide range of annuals which will add colour through the cooler months of the year.

    Herbs can also be...

  • The winds of change
    Sep 13, 2016 8:00 am

    The winds of change

    September, a month of the unknown with hot humid weather and the unpredictable winds of chance be they gentle breezes or possible hurricanes.

    Hot summer days, with little respite during the evening hours, thrown in with periods of rain...

  • Combine aesthetics and function
    Jun 28, 2016 8:00 am

    Combine aesthetics and function

    What better way to enhance the visual impact of a garden than to use low-growing ground covers that bloom regularly if pruned back after flowering?

    They come with the bonus of reducing weed growth and thus conserving the available water and...

  • Take a walk on the wild side
    Jun 15, 2016 8:00 am

    Take a walk on the wild side

    If you would like to see an added interest in your garden and space allows, consider creating a “wild garden” to encourage avian activity, insects, lizards, butterflies and moths.

    Such areas can have a controlled, but natural appearance,...

  • Telltale signs of pest and disease problems
    May 3, 2016 8:00 am

    Telltale signs of pest and disease problems

    May your garden be a place of rest and tranquility. With the surge of new growth — and of a floriferous nature — it is advisable to keep it at that level.

    That means observing the growth, not only the flowers but also the foliage, for that...

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