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go! Platteland

go! Platteland

Winter 2021

The slow life is the good life: go! Platteland celebrates the rural lifestyle and the entrepreneurial spirit of people whose hearts are in the platteland – whether they grew up in the countryside or are already based there, are contemplating making the move or simply hankering after the rural life. Platteland offers articles that focus on entrepreneurs, DIY projects, animals, gardening, food, towns and people. It is both practical and inspiring – as much of a visual feast as it is a celebration of great writing.

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
turn over a new leaf

Which flowering plants are best suited to our winter gardens? A winter garden certainly doesn’t have to be dull and dreary. Plant the four P’s: pansies, poppies, petunias and primulas. It is also the time to sow seeds such as Namaqualand daisies and Livingstone daisies, both of which are indigenous. But my favourites are delphiniums – strong, tall, stately flowers that work well in deep beds as well as in pots. When should winter-flowering varieties be planted? From mid-April up to the end of May, especially if you are sowing seeds. Seedlings and adult plants are available through winter into spring at most garden centres. They offer a glorious instant colour solution! How should we be preparing our gardens for winter? If you live in an area prone to frost, you will have to protect…

2 min
meet the people

Dheena Pillay Writer, artist and meditation facilitator Dheena Pillay, a Durbanite who trained as a graphic designer and has worked for Checkers, the former Stellenbosch Farmers’Winery and South African Breweries, among others, has been living and working at Tortoiseback since November 2020. He says he would like to present courses and workshops in the future. “I feel completely at home here – as if I’ve arrived home, as if I belong,” he says, and recalls his first sojourn to Swartberg Pass 20 years ago. That visit also resulted in his first book, The Rainbow Path: A Journey of Introspection, which he self-published in 2012 and reprinted in 2017. Brett describes the book as a “captivating story in the tradition of Paulo Coelho” and “indispensable reading material for anyone in search of a life of…

2 min
garden in a jar

YOU NEED • A glass container We used an old candleholder, but you can use any glass container – popular options are Consol glass jars and fishbowls. • Stones I bought one packet of pink and one packet of grey stones at Crazy Store (R29,99 per 1 kg packet.) You need them for drainage, and they form part of your terrarium design. • Hydro clay (optional) I bought the Brockytony brand at Builders (R65 for a 2 ? packet). This provides good drainage, looks great, is eco-friendly and can also be used for hydroculture. • Sphagnum moss This moss, also known as peat moss, protects and retains water and nutrients. It has antibacterial properties and looks attractive (R23 for 100 g at Builders). • Activated charcoal powder This absorbs chemicals which, over time, can build…

1 min
furry fashion

Enjoy spoiling your four-legged friends? Give them new designer collars by Snoet and they’ll be turning heads. Laetitia Avenant and Chizelle Viera came up with the concept for Snoet during last year’s lockdown. The spark and inspiration were provided by Laetitia’s rescue cat, Alaska. “I wanted a unique collar that would suit his wonderful personality, and then discovered a surprisingly big demand for stylish pet collars – for cats as well as for dogs,” Laetitia says. Their first products were launched last year. The Snoet range also includes leads, bandanas and clothing, and each unique design is locally made by hand. “We aim to keep everything – from the design process to the packaging – as sustainable as possible,” Laetitia says. “And we want to use our platform to raise awareness of…

1 min
top honours for local sauvignon

Stellenbosch wine estate Tokara made history when its Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2020 won the Dubourdieu trophy for the Best Sauvignon Blanc of the Competition at the 12th Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in Brussels. It is the first South African wine to win this coveted title. The judging panel tasted more than 1 200 wines over four days, and South Africa won a further 11 gold and 9 silver medals. Tokara winemaker Stuart Botha says they decided to delay release of the 2020 vintage in order to give it more time on the lees – and are now reaping the rewards. “The wine has a fantastic mouthfeel – precisely the X-factor people are looking for.” Contact tokara.com…

1 min
sign up for a course

Workshops at Babylonstoren Babylonstoren offers a variety of one-day workshops throughout the year. Each costs R700 per person, lunch included. • 2 June Unlock the diversity of indigenous succulents with Ernst van Jaarsveld • 9 & 17 June Get cultured with our cheesemaking workshop, presented by Alta Eybers and Simoné Rossouw • 23 June Keeping chickens at home, presented by poultry farmer Christo Botha • 30 June Explore the magic world of mushrooms, presented by Liesl van der Walt • 7 & 14 July Break bread with our master baker, presented by Tina Jewell and Peachy Jacobs • 4 August Sharpen your fruittree pruning skills, presented by Anton Roux • 11 August Create beautiful tree shapes with espalier, presented by Anton Roux • 18 August Craft your own homemade soaps, presented by Bev Missing, founder of Rain • 25 August…