By Jan-Willem Blok
A feeling of area: The Gardens of Jan Blok presents an intimate journey via a few of South Africa's so much breathtaking inner most gardens, designed by way of considered one of South Africa's most famed backyard designers, Jan Blok. The booklet is a visible satisfaction, showcasing more than a few backyard types that communicates the essence of undying layout. no matter if set inside a lush, well-wooded suburb or aloft an eleven-storey house block, each one backyard displays a superb feel of house. The architectural proportions and evocative use of color and texture are ideally fitted to the houses and existence of the folk who reside in and luxuriate in those appealing gardens. This ebook will encourage garden-lovers round the world.
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One of the undoubted virtues of “hot” composting is that weed seeds and pathogens are killed. But traditional, hot composting is hard to achieve in the average garden, so what do we do with such problematic ingredients? Fungal and bacterial pathogens are the worst, but we do need to keep a sense of perspective. Pests and diseases that live on leaves and stems don’t enjoy life in the compost pile, so you don’t need to lose much sleep over them. Mildew and black spot are unlikely to survive a long spell in the average compost pile.
However, in common with other commercial soil conditioners that are based on recycled garden or forestry waste, it tends to be slightly alkaline, so is not suitable for use around rhododendrons or other acid-loving plants. Strawy stable manure can go straight on the garden, while chicken manure is high in nutrients and makes an excellent compost activator. Pigeon manure, often available even in the centre of big cities, is similar. 52 Many other sources of organic matter are useful if available locally, including bracken, sawdust, seaweed, spent hop waste and mushroom compost, and straw.
Pigeon manure, often available even in the centre of big cities, is similar. 52 Many other sources of organic matter are useful if available locally, including bracken, sawdust, seaweed, spent hop waste and mushroom compost, and straw. All these can go straight on the garden as a mulch and will help to improve the soil structure. Bear in mind, however, that in terms of nutrient content and other properties, these materials are very different. Points to ponder • mushroom compost is alkaline • dead bracken, sawdust, and straw contain virtually no nutrients • material from farms may have had pesticides used on them: always check and, if it has, compost it well before putting it on the garden • landowners are often happy for you to collect bracken, but always ask first • collect only loose seaweed washed up by the tide – do not, whatever you do, remove live seaweed from rocks Useful materials are (from top, clockwise) poultry manure, spent hop waste, used mushroom compost, bedding from rabbit and hamster cages.
A Sense of Space: The Gardens of Jan Blok by Jan-Willem Blok