Green-fingered go-to person and author of Jane’s Delicious Garden, Jane Griffiths has been leading the homegrown organic veggie-lution for more than 15 years. She shares her gardening must-haves with us:
Knowledge is the most essential tool in the garden: the more you know about your plants and their environment, the better off you’ll both be.
Sharpen your tools – from small secateurs to large clippers with extendable handles, don’t underestimate the power of excellent gardening implements.
Smaller is better: smaller spades reach into little spaces more efficiently.
Cover up (even in winter) – Emthunzini Hats (sunhats.co.za) are UPF 50+ and are approved by the Cancer Association of South Africa. Keep a diary to note what’s been planted and draw up plans for the future.
Find support – when your garden is in full flourish, you’ll need stakes, sticks and string (and old stockings) to tie things back. I’m a fan of getting my hands dirty; this leaves me with one final essential item for my kit – hand cream.
For more tips and information visit janesdeliciousgarden.com This article originally featured in the May 2014 issue of House and Leisure.