Start­ing from scratch

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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.

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