DIY Gardening

Here is a link from my sister-in-law (she’s a crafty blogger).  It explains how to make a worm composter.  After originally investigating buying one, I’ve now decided to try and make it myself.  At the permaculture workshop last week I met someone who has kindly offered to donate some worms to get me started and I have an old, plastic container that I think will make the perfect home for them.  I’ll keep you posted as to the progress and success of this endeavour.


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Permaculture course

On Saturday I attended a permaculture workshop at the Durban Botanic Gardens run by Bharathi Tugh and her husband Reggie. Both are experienced permaculturists and work extensively with schools in KwaZulu-Natal through the Woolworths Eduplant Trust and Food & Trees for Africa.

The workshop was well attended and dealt with some fascinating topics, including the principles of permaculture, soil conditioning, compost heaps and fertility beds, companion planting and pest management.  I will go into each of these in more detail in later posts but I am amazed by what is achievable through using materials that are freely available in your house and garden.

Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture Training Centre
Durban Botanic Gardens Permaculture Training Centre.
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Using less water in the garden

Some advice from the latest Enviropaedia newsletter:

  • Always water your plants during the early morning hours or in the evening. Between 10:00 and 15:00 you can lose up to 90% of water to evaporation.
  • Focus on indigenous and non–invasive alien plants with low water demands.
  • Roof water can also be profitably stored in tanks for watering gardens.
  • Use “grey water” from baths, washing mashines and other safe sources to water your garden.
Or better yet, let the rain do your watering (pic from
Or better yet, let the rain do your watering (pic from
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Earth Green Recycling

This post is not specifically about gardening but more about the environment and specifically recycling.  There is a great company that has recently started operating in Durban called Earth Green Recycling.  They offer a service where, for only R50.00 per month, they will come and collect all your recyclables, i.e. paper, plastic, cans and bottles.

They then distribute it to recycling centres saving you the time and effort. They also collect old cooking oil which is converted to biodiesel by Ecologic.