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Although Liesl is still a novice when it comes to gar­den­ing in Prince Al­bert, she soon learned what works here! • If you’re a ‘new­comer’, take ad­van­tage of lo­cal knowl­edge. With­out Shaun, the gar­den would not have been pos­si­ble. • Plant pre­dom­i­nantly indige­nous plants, es­pe­cially in the Ka­roo. Plants must be able to with­stand this cli­mate. • Healthy and fer­tile soil is the foun­da­tion of any suc­cess­ful gar­den. We in­cor­po­rated plenty of com­post, bone­meal and horse ma­nure. • Fa­mil­iarise your­self with the wa­ter sit­u­a­tion in your area and gar­den ac­cord­ingly. We don’t have the same wa­ter rights as most of the homes in Prince Al­bert, so we sunk a bore­hole. We only reached wa­ter at 148m and, un­for­tu­nately, it is some­times brack­ish, but we can use it in the gar­den. With­out it, we would not be able to gar­den. • Make your gar­den part of your home; this in­creases your en­ter­tain­ment spa­ces and liv­ing ar­eas. • Your gar­den should re­flect your per­son­al­ity. I like sur­prises in a gar­den and love to use in­ter­est­ing ob­jects or plants as fo­cal points in un­ex­pected places. • The gar­den should suit your life­style. If you have lit­tle time for gar­den­ing, a low-main­te­nance gar­den is what you need.

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