01 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 5, 1435

Zahrah Nasir

‘Under the greenwood tree’

Planting trees, especially fruit trees, not only rewards you with seasonal fruit but greenery, privacy and shade as well

Crowning glory

While exotic species are to be discouraged as they offer unfair competition to our native species, some can be grown

Miracle tree

Medicinal plants are good to have but until and unless they are properly identified no part of them should be

Flower feast

It’s the time of year when you can plant lots and lots of flowers in your garden

Gardening: Salt and sand

Soil, water, sunshine ... the basic ingredients of gardening need to be used carefully for healthy plant growth

Bearded beauties

Plant bearded iris and have a riot of rainbow colours in your garden

Beat the heat

Reduce the need for water by using mulch in your pots/garden

Plan and plant

Indulge in organic gardening and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables while keeping your food cost low

Fans and feathers

Palm trees are making a come-back; they look good and are not difficult to grow

Seeds of life

Learn how and when to sow seeds and water the plants with Zahrah Nasir

All in the mind

Use your imagination rather than just sticking to tradition to create beautiful gardens

Transplantation shock

Treat your plants gently, especially when transplanting, and they will reward you in return

Not a drop to drink

The heat is well and truly on and gardens, as always at this time of year, are crying out for water but — so are...

Growing pains

Be it pest menace or watering issues, gardeners have to keep an eye on a lot of things

Make your dream come true

Building a garden or caring for the old plants, Zahrah Nasir has tips up her sleeve

In the hot blazing summer

‘Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,’ said Shakespeare; so why not take some measures to protect your plants

The lawn wars continue

Zahrah Nasir makes it clear that ‘lush green lawns’ are not among her favourite things

Gardening: Lovely lilies

Thanks to their beauty and variety, lilies have been symbols of purity, compassion and rebirth from ancient times.

Wildlife: Purple sunbird

IT’S tiny, darts hither and thither, hovers on the spot while sipping nectar and builds an intricate, teardrop...