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Gardening Tips for October
18 October 2015

 The weather really starts heating up this month, saying goodbye to winter rains in the Cape and hello to perfect planting conditions for the gardener. It’s a great time to start planting summer vegetables and flowering plants. Click on the PDF to view more handy gardening tips for October.

Companion Planting Wellness Warehouse October 2015 Issue
16 October 2015

 To keep roses red and violets blue your summer plants need companions, too! Prose aside, companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system to your landscape, allowing nature to

do its job. Plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, leaves and bodies that can either naturally attract, or repel insects - depending on their chemical make-up.
 
To read the full article as published in the Wellness Warehouse Magazine October 2015 issue, click on the PDF to download.
Growing Basil
12 October 2015

Growing Basil is relatively easy as long as the growing environments has suitable light and temperature

levels. Basil is grown for its fragrant tasty leaves that can be added raw to salads, sandwiches or used in cooked dishes such as the ever popular pasta with tomato and basil sauce.
 
To find out more about growing basil, click on the PDF to download the grow guide.
Growing Chillies
11 October 2015

Chillies are the fiery cousins of the capsicum family. There are dozens of varieties, each with a unique character and flavour.They grow well in pots or containers, as these can be moved to protected spots in the garden or around the house in case of an unexpected cold snap.

 
To find out more about growing chillies, click on the PDF to download the grow guide.
Soil Solution Wellness Warehouse Article Sep 2015
27 September 2015

 Without healthy soil and legions of microbes, there would be no life. Soil is the critical link between our health and the very future of live as we know on earth. By improving the quality of our soil and its fertility we can grow quality food. Few people realise that it's only 20cm of topsoil that separates mankind from starvation.

Gardening Tips for September
05 September 2015

Spring is in the air and we are all getting excited for warmer weather. Now we can truly start getting our gardens into shape. Often that is not the only thing we think of when we are talking about getting into shape. It is at that very time we should start visualizing our Summer vegetable gardens producing loads of healthy home grown vegetables and salads.

 

Click on the PDF to view the handy tips for September. 

Honey Bee Activity and Info Pack
04 September 2015
As part of their pollen-collecting duties, bees also pollinate at least 80 percent of the food crops we rely on for sustenance.
 
Without bees, many of these crops would not produce fruit, which means no more food for humans. This is why it is crucial for bees to not only survive, but also to thrive, as life depends on their efficient foraging activities.
 
But honeybees are increasingly threatened by an onslaught of harmful influences and we can't deny their decline in numbers.
 

Do your share to SAVE THE BEES. For more info, click and download a Buzzing Bee Activity PDF pack aimded to inform kids and adults alike. 

Planting for Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Fair Lady September 2015
03 September 2015

Let's talk about the birds and the bees - and butterflies too - because no spring garden is compelte without our winged friends.

Here's how to lure them to your outside space.

Click on the PDF to read this article as published in the Fair Lady Magazine September 2015 issue.

Growing Lemons
02 September 2015

When life gives you lemons, you can do more than make lemonade. From eliminating odors to juicing your daily beauty regimen, there are so many practical uses for lemons around the house.

 
Growing a lemon tree is not that difficult. As long as you provide their basic needs, growing lemons can be a very rewarding experience.
 
Click on the PDF to view the guide to growing lemons.
Growing Strawberries
01 September 2015
“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did” - the wise words of sixteenth
century gourmand William Butler.
 
And who can argue? Strawberries are delicious, nutritious and easy to grow if you follow a few easy rules. 
 
Click on the PDF to view the guide to growing strawberries.
Lawn and Fertilizers FREE GARDEN TALK
19 August 2015

 Great lawns doesn't happen on its own. Join this free talk to learn the essentials.

For more details click on the PDF.

How To Pretty Up Small Spaces Fair Lady August 2015
13 August 2015

Short on space and creativity? No problem!

We've got the best tips to turn any small garden, patio or balcony into the perfect paradise.

Click on the PDF to the Fair Lady August 2015 where Mr Richard Moris shares his expert advice on what to grow in a small area to give the illusion of space.

Starke Ayres recommends Kombat As Effective Pest Control Solution
09 August 2015

 Kombat is a member of the Plennegy Group which is one of the largest privately owned agricultural concerns in South Africa. The company came into operation in 1979, and has established itself as an agrochemical supplier of choice by producing, formulating and marketing effective pest control solutions for both the local and international agricultural and household markets.

Talborne Organics User Chart
07 August 2015

What are Talborne Organic fertilizers and why should you use it?

Click on the PDF to find out more.

Gardening Tips for August
05 August 2015

 We have passed the winter solstice and it’s time to start getting excited for longer days and warmer weather. Spring is around the corner and soon the swallows will grace us again with their aerobatics. “ Slaapstad” would have woken and gardeners will be at it again in force.  Click on the PDF to view the handy gardening tips for August.

Intermediate Gardening Course at Rosebank
04 August 2015

Intermediate Gardening Course

 
Gardening is a bit of science, art, and all things natural. We just need a handful of knowledge.
 
Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Rosebank, will be presenting a intermediate gardening course on Tuesday, 4 August 2015 from 9am - 4pm which will lead you down a sustainable path.
 
The cost is R495 per person per course and includes a light lunch. Call us on  021 685 4120.
 
Its time to put the gloves on!! 
Beginners Gardening Course at Rosebank
03 August 2015
Beginners Gardening Course
 
Gardening is a bit of science, art, and all things natural. We just need a handful of knowledge.
 
Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Rosebank, will be presenting a beginners course on Monday, 3 August 2015 from 9am - 4pm which will highlight the essential basics.
 
The cost is R350 per person per course and includes a light lunch. Call us on  021 685 4120.
 
Its time to put the gloves on!! 
Intermediate Gardening Course at West Coast Village
01 August 2015

 Intermediate Gardening Course at West Coast Village

 
Gardening is a bit of science, art, and all things natural. We just need a handful of knowledge.
 
Starke Ayres Garden Centre West Coast Village, will be presenting a intermediate gardening course on Saturday, 1 August 2015 from 9am - 4pm which will lead you down a sustainable path.
 
The cost is R495 per person per course and includes a light lunch. Call us on  021 554 8450.
 
Its time to put the gloves on!! 
Pruning: FREE GARDEN TALK IN JULY
22 July 2015

The FREE Garden Talk in July's topic and demo is with regards to PRUNING.

Call to book your seat! 

Beginners Gardening Course at West Coast Village
11 July 2015

BEGINNERS GARDENING COURSE

 
Saturday, 11 July: 9am - 4pm at Starke Ayres Garden Centre West Coast Village.
 
This basic gardening ‘know how’ course has been specifically created for all first time gardeners, domestic gardeners and new home owners.
 
Presented by well-known gardening experts Sandy Munro and Marion Dobrowsky.
 
Click on the PDF for more information. Bookings are essential.
 
 
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