The first Sprig…

Greetings everyone!

This is my first post here to Sprig! And can I say what a brilliant idea it is! 🙂 I have been serious (well, sort of) about gardening for about a year, but although I am a member of other good sites (such as I found that there is a lack of good South African-specific blogs. It’s excellent to find a site that offers advice and ideas from South Africans, for South Africans about our wonderful local flora.

Now, I know that this is a Durban gardening blog, but I’d like to hear from gardners elsewhere in South Africa about how they are coping (or not) with the odd weather this year! Are the Cape Townians thinking seriously about starting a ‘Swamp Garden’? How about those of us in the Eastern Cape who are desperate for a drop of rain!

I personally have found cow manure to be an excellent mulch and water-holding agent. I am lucky enough to live on a farm where cow manure is not in short supply-and I have dug bags and bags of it into my vegetable garden where it forms a nice moist layer below the surface. My lettuces are doing amazingly well and I have been picking them for salads most nights.

What are your tips and tricks for coping with droughts or very wet weather?

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6 Responses to The first Sprig…

  1. Smile September 7, 2009 at 7:08 pm #

    hi tara. welcome to the blog.

    while we started out as a durban gardening blog we do have two contributors from cape town (brendan and dagmar) and now the eastern cape 🙂

    I think we are really lucky in durban with the weather. everything I plant seems to just grow and I hardly ever need to water my garden. I do mulch my beds with old leaves and grass cuttings and I think this contributes immensely to the quality of the soil.

  2. brendan September 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    welcome aboard tara. we dont have a garden yet, but it has been (and is) pretty miserable in cape town. spring beckons though…

  3. mol-d September 7, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

    hi tara,

    welcome to the blog! great to have someone from a different province! tell your friends and neighbours 😉

  4. Kirsty September 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Hey Tara, Smile calls himself a ‘casual’ gardener, which i think is a modest way of saying he has a knack in the garden. Me, I’m not so lucky. I do have to water my plants periodically to keep them happy. This is my first year with a real garden, so I can’t comment on the havoc the weather may or may be be wreaking in comparison to previous years. But like Smile says, we’re pretty lucky with the Durbs weather! A farm sounds fantastic. Lucky fish! 🙂

  5. Dagmar September 8, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Brendan, we do have a garden, it’s just that it’s landscaped by our landlord, who has obviously not stuck to indigenous plants because he needs a sprinkler system (I would love a protea bush instead of the ferns he selected)… but anyway, we do have a mush pit happening in the one corner – is it possible to grow anything in there? I guess in the summer it will dry up, so perhaps we should recommend something to him… any suggestions?

  6. mol-d September 8, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    i think we are lucky in durban. smile and helen planted a permaculture garden and aside from a bit of water we have largely ignored it.. and we have also had plenty of salad leaves throughout the winter 🙂

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