This forage garden planting plan contains a variety of plant options (medium shrubs and herbs, small and large trees, and pasturage) to meet the needs of both the grower and the bees. It also lays out detailed information on their growth and flowering specifics, their location and soil requirements, and their value to the bees in terms of nectar and pollen.
We take a stroll back to the house to inspect Michael’s worm farm. “This is the easiest and most successful thing we have,” he states enthusiastically. “Anything organic, we just throw on here,” he adds while showing off his worms in the compost, collected in a concrete type basin. “When it rains, the water runs through and collects in a tank underneath here. I can then pump out the worm tea.”
Thanks to NASA research in the late 1980’s, we have a list of air-purifying houseplants we should have in our homes. These beauties filter out harmful compounds in the air and make it healthier to breathe. If the space stations can green their living space with greenery that removes toxins from the air, we have no excuse.
We Are White River believes that community love begins at home and our message is consistently to look around you to see where you can make an impact in your own neighbourhood. However, Green Travel and Voluntourism are significant portions of the international travel sector and we should be aware of this in our own travels, as well as seeing how we can encourage this market to spend some of those tourist dollars
Mashesha isn’t only for rural communities, however, people are buying them for patio use (think our chilly Lowveld winter evenings). “Your chosen social entrepreneur for the environment” is her business slogan but Louise Williamson is incredibly modest and is so much more.
Of the roughly 10000 species of birds in the world only 3 percent of birds have a penis, 97 % have a 9 (in ancient times cloaca meant a sewer) instead.
White River Garden Pavilion is a lush corner of colour and tranquillity; the perfect place to escape for a cup of tea or a light lunch and to meander along the verdant arrangements of plants. Dally a while sniffing fragrant herbs and flowers and reclaim a little bit of your soul back from the general daily rush.
The common swifts arrive in SA sometime in October, I hope you agree with me that swifts are truly remarkable birds indeed.
Chalkboard signs simply mention berries, flowers and veggies and the gates are wide open but, being polite Saffers, few venture through the portal. Oh, how you should. The understated entrance belies the enchanting ‘honesty’ fresh produce shop within.
We introduce White River jeweler and artist Roy Sarkin, a keen and knowledgeable birdwatcher. He’s kindly agreed to share his regular birding blogs with us.