Tag Archives: Sustainable

Today Towerkop Nursery is recycling.

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The carrier handle on this wine box makes a good plant tag !

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Today John the Farmer is processing mustard seed

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Garden Scenes at TowerkopNursery this Summer.

This gallery contains 10 photos.

 

Today John the Farmer visited Nelson Mandela Bay.

Grass Roof

Grass Roof

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Succulent Garden

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Succulent Garden

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Succulent collection

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Succulent Nursery

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Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

Hanging Hessian planter at Towerkop Nursery

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Today John the Farmer planted Coriander/ Dhanya plants in recycled biodegradable pots.

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John the Farmer made a wall garden!

Wall Garden

I made this wall garden for a client as a feature to distract from an imposing wall. I recycled some left over and damaged guttering (the square type).

How to construct the wall garden:

I cut the guttering into equal lengths and fitted each length with end pieces so each length becomes a container

Be sure to drill drainage holes before affixing them to the wall

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Drill holes for drainage

The gutters are the spaced equally on the wall, marked off and attached by their own brackets.

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Fix the gutters to the wall equidistant

The wall was north facing in a hot climate, so I built a screen to shade the wall garden in summer but allow the winter sun to reach the plants. To do this I positioned the gutters vertically but this is not necessary. They could also be arranged in a stepped pattern, for instance.

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Screen made from fencing poles

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Screen attached to wall

I then cut chicken wire to fit the bottom of each gutter over the drainage holes to hold the soil and prevent the drainage holes from becoming blocked.

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Each gutter is filled with soil

I then filled the gutters with first gravel, then finer river sand, then composted ground to assure good drainage.

Water the soil in well and begin planting.

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Planting

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Water in well

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Group plants in each container

 

 

Recommended plants:

 

I  recommended smaller hardier plants at the top and plants with more foliage at the bottom to avoid a top-heavy look

Gutters 1-2

Glottiphyllum longum

Echevaria (Desert Rose)

Stapelia sp.

Hawarthia sp.

Sedum sp.

Aptenia cordifolia

Crassula sp.

 

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Senecio sp.

Geranium

Epiphytes (Air plants)

Bulbinella

Nustertium

Gazanias

Strawberries

Lobelia