MINIATURE JAPANESE GARDEN DIY

Ensure you create a sand and rock garden, incorporating some pebbles into the composition. Create one or two small earth mounds.

If possible, place a small portable water fountain in the garden Let the footpaths wind around the garden and use natural paving stones on the paths.

Create a sitting area and have it face your Japanese garden. Place a floating bonsai so that it is at the center of the coffee table.

Also known as Courgettes, this vegetable which is technically a fruit, is packed with potassium which helps in controlling blood pressure thus reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease. Here’s more on this wonder vegetable which you can substitute for pasta. Words by Irene Ouso. Pictures by iStock

You may be used to seeing a vegetable that’s green and speckled, but there’s a yellow variety of courgettes which is sometimes confused with the yellow squash. The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the shape. Yellow squash usually has a tapered neck, whereas courgettes of any colour looks like a cylinder from end to end. Though not much is known about the difference between the varieties, the most popular one being the green one is a favourite mainly because it retains its colour after cooking plus it also makes an interesting addition to any dish. Growing Zucchini Cucurbita pepo var. cylandrica or Courgettes need soils with high organic matter and good moisture-retaining capacity. It is recommended you add one wheelbarrow of compost and or manure to each meter square of soil and prepare a raised bed, about 25cm high to keep the leaves off the ground. The crops need a pH of 6 to 7.5. So liming is a must if your soil test shows that your pH is below the recommended levels. The soil test will indicate the exact amount of lime that is needed to raise the soils pH to appropriate levels. The lime has to be applied before the rains and then thoroughly incorporated into the soil during weeding.


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