Starting from scratch
Lulu Nel of Mozambique writes We moved to the Sussendenga area in the western part of Mozambique a year ago, and our farmhouse garden was nothing but gravel and red soil. After having a lush garden in Tzaneen, we were quite daunted by the idea of starting a garden from scratch with no nurseries nearby. After a couple of months, I decided to make a plan: on my next visit to SA, I ordered rose cuttings from Ludwig’s Rose Farm outside Pretoria and brought them back by road in November last year; they were kept cool in a cooler box.
After being on the road for about 29 hours from Tzaneen via Zimbabwe, we dipped the cuttings into hormone powder and bagged them. Not all the cuttings survived, but most did. Once they were strong enough, we planted them in our garden. I think it was a great success, given the circumstances.