Andrew Steens

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Gardening – Glorious fuss-free flowers

Some of the easiest and most rewarding plants in my garden are the Cymbidium orchids. I give them very little attention and in return they...

Gardening – Prepping for winter

Autumn is my favourite season, but sadly, it is a precursor to my least favourite season, winter. However, time marches on and the seasons come...

Gardening – Structure added with lateral thinking

For most gardeners, structures are important to give options for growing all sorts of crops and ornamental plants. Structures need not cost a fortune to...

Gardening – Preserving the bounty

At this time of year, the garden is a veritable cornucopia of fruits and vegetables. With only two of us at home now the kids...

Gardening – Cool bananas

I love the look of bananas. Their gloriously lush foliage transports me to more tropical climes where bananas flourish and the abundant fruit they produce...

Gardening – Summer pest control

Apparently, the summer weather will be characterised by the La Niña weather pattern. For our region, this will mean more north-easterly wind flows with warmer, more...

Gardening – Late summer abundance

Late summer to early autumn is probably my favourite season; the nights are a little cooler and more comfortable, the days are typically warm and...

Gardening – Starting from seed

With limited access to flower vegetable seedlings during lockdown, many gardeners have resorted to growing their plants from seed. Growing from seed is one of...

Gardening – Beating the lockdown blues

It can be hard for many people to cope with life during lockdown. In my opinion (slightly biased of course) one of the best activities...

Gardening – Fresh insights on coffee and chocolate

One of the aspects of growing plants that I most enjoy is learning something new. With plants it is impossible to know it all. There...