• Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
    Owls are especially vulnerable in urban areas as a result of rapid habitat loss and poisonings.
    It is challenging to ‘attract’ owls to your garden. You can, however, provide an owl-friendly environment that might increase the likelihood of wild owls choosing to live nearby.
    Two factors determine whether an owl will remain in an area: food and nesting availability.
    What can you do to help protect Owls?
    1. Don’t use chemical rat poisons that kill down the food chain. If you must use poison, products such as Racumen, which do not cause subsequent animal deaths, are the only ones you should use.
    2. Get an Owl Box and put it up in your garden.
    The ideal location of a Nesting Box:
    • 4 - 6 m above the ground, avoid direct sun.
    • Install the box out of any prevailing wind.
    • Have a clear flight-path to the box.
    • Be in a quiet area.
    • Do not attempt to lure owls to the box with food; this will only encourage other animals and deter the owl.
    Nothing rusts on this box, as rust causes wood-rot.
    The wood has been sealed with the best marine-grade wood preserve available.
    Radical Raptors, Bird of Prey Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre, have approved the design of this nesting box.
    GardenStuff also stocks Nesting Boxes for the common Spotted Eagle Owl.
    References:
    Cape Town Green Map
    www.africanraptor.co.za
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  • Bee Hotel

    R279.00
    Free shipping! This is our contribution to help to save the bees. Or collect two pre-ordered bee hotels from our factory and receive a complimentary third one on the house! (For a limited time only) 🐝 Did you know? Most South Africans are unaware that there are over 1.000 known species of bees in our country (and about 20.000 species worldwide). In South Africa, the bee abundance and diversity is dwindling, hence the need for us to lend a helping hand. It is a well-known fact that bee pollination is essential for fruit, vegetable and seed development. Without bees, the agricultural industry would collapse, and the human race would be in serious trouble. Only a very few species of bees live in colonies and make honey; they are the well-known honey bees and the Mopani bees. The vast majority of bees in our country are called ‘solitary bees’ (Hymenoptera) because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Many solitary bees are tiny, and you may not have realised they are bees. Solitary bees are far more efficient pollinators than honey bees. Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They are either stingless or very unlikely to sting, making them safe around children and pets. Solitary bees usually create nests in hollow reeds, twigs or holes in wood. GardenStuff’s bee hotels provide these desperately needed nesting hollows for them. 🐝 What is a Bee Hotel? It is a human-made object that offers Solitary bees a home in which they can rest and breed in safety. A bee hotel will not attract honey bees. Honey bees require different nesting structures. A bee hotel is a bee’s permanent home for eleven months of its short life as it develops from an egg through a larvae stage, then as a dormant pupa, and finally emerges as an adult. To enjoy the hotel and all of the activity, hang it at eye level or lower if the children would like to get involved. Find a dry spot that is in dappled sunlight, a bright, shaded area or in an area that only receives early morning sunlight (not direct sunlight as that will be too hot). Hang it where you can see it and enjoy it. Take pride in knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the protection and conservation of our bees. 🐝 What is happening inside the Bee Hotel? Most of the pollen and nectar that bees gather visiting flowers in the gardens nearby the bee hotel is to feed their larvae. This is the main feeding stage of developing bees as they do not grow larger once they emerge from the pupa. Adult bees ingest only small quantities as food. One can take a close peep at the tunnels to see what's going on inside. Don’t worry, Solitary bees will not come out and attack. 🐝 Where to put your Bee Hotel? The bee house must be positioned out of permanent shade and out of continuous sun. Solitary bees are cold-blooded and rely on the sun’s heat to warm them up in the morning. If you site your bee hotel in the shade or hidden behind vegetation, it is unlikely to be used. A bee house must be firmly fixed so that it does not swing or sway in the wind, so you should not hang it from a branch. If possible, find a spot that has some protection from the rain. Persistent winter wet, not cold is their enemy. 🐝 Will any Bee Hotel do? In the light of public concern about sudden bee declines as reported in the media, many horticultural suppliers are now offering commercially made wooden bee houses (also called condos, or bee traps). Sadly many of them are inadequate for several possible reasons:
    • Many bee hotels are ornamental rather than functional, designed to appeal to human aesthetics more than being beneficial to solitary bees
    • They offer insufficient protection from wet weather
    • The holes are too large because they are made abroad to cater to species that do not live here
    • Tunnels have splinters inside. Bees will avoid those to prevent damage to their wings
    • Tubes have no solid back wall and are only open-ended wind tunnels
    • They contain glass or plastic tubes which cause condensation and fungus moulds
    • Some bee houses are too large. Many bee species will not live near each other. It is better to spread some smaller bee houses around the garden instead of having one big house. Bee hotels with dozens of chambers should be avoided as parasitic insect and mites easily detect more significant numbers of solitary bees living in close proximity.
    • Some bee hotels are made of plywood, chipboard, particleboard, plastic or cardboard. Those are not suitable.
    • Many bee houses are made to hang from a branch or hook and cannot be firmly fixed. Bees do not like swinging nests.
    Acknowledgements: I am grateful to the apiculturists Marc Carlton and Michael Hickman for information that we have used for this article.
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  • Free Shipping! Or collect your pre-ordered ‘Bee Rescue Kit’ from our factory and receive four bags (80 dm) of ‘Organic Container Potting Soil (PTS) for the bee garden to the value of R132.00 for free. The 'Bee Rescue Kit' contents descriptions are listed below. 🐝 Did you know? Most South Africans are unaware that there are over 1.000 known species of bees in our country (and about 20.000 species worldwide). In South Africa, the bee abundance and diversity is dwindling, hence the need for us to lend a helping hand. It is a well-known fact that bee pollination is essential for fruit, vegetable and seed development. Without bees, the agricultural industry would collapse, and the human race would be in serious trouble. Only a very few species of bees live in colonies and make honey; they are the well-known honey bees and the Mopani bees. The vast majority of bees in our country are called ‘solitary bees’ (Hymenoptera) because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Many solitary bees are tiny, and you may not have realised they are bees. Solitary bees are far more efficient pollinators than honey bees. Solitary bees are harmless and not aggressive. They are either stingless or very unlikely to sting, making them safe around children and pets. Solitary bees usually create nests in hollow reeds, twigs or holes in wood. GardenStuff’s bee hotels provide these desperately needed nesting hollows for them. 🐝 What is a Bee Hotel? It is a human-made object that offers Solitary bees a home in which they can rest and breed in safety. A bee hotel will not attract honey bees. Honey bees require different nesting structures. A bee hotel is a bee’s permanent home for eleven months of its short life as it develops from an egg through a larvae stage, then as a dormant pupa, and finally emerges as an adult. To enjoy the hotel and all of the activity, hang it at eye level or lower if the children would like to get involved. Find a dry spot that is in dappled sunlight, a bright, shaded area or in an area that only receives early morning sunlight (not direct sunlight as that will be too hot). Hang it where you can see it and enjoy it. Take pride in knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the protection and conservation of our bees. 🐝 What is happening inside the Bee Hotel? Most of the pollen and nectar that bees gather visiting flowers in the gardens nearby the bee hotel is to feed their larvae. This is the main feeding stage of developing bees as they do not grow larger once they emerge from the pupa. Adult bees ingest only small quantities as food. One can take a close peep at the tunnels to see what's going on inside. Don’t worry, Solitary bees will not come out and attack. 🐝 Where to put your Bee Hotel? The bee house must be positioned out of permanent shade and out of continuous sun. Solitary bees are cold-blooded and rely on the morning sun’s heat to warm them up. If you place your bee hotel in the shade or hidden behind vegetation, it is unlikely to be used. A bee house must be firmly fixed so that it does not swing or sway in the wind, so you should not hang it from a branch. If possible, find a spot that has some protection from the rain. Persistent winter wet, not cold is their enemy. 🐝 Will any Bee Hotel do? In the light of public concern about sudden bee declines as reported in the media, many horticultural suppliers are now offering commercially made wooden bee houses (also called condos, or bee traps). Sadly many of them are inadequate for several possible reasons:
    • Many bee hotels are ornamental rather than functional, designed to appeal to human aesthetics more than being beneficial to solitary bees
    • They offer insufficient protection from wet weather
    • The holes are too large because they are made abroad to cater to species that do not live here
    • Tunnels have splinters inside. Bees will avoid those to prevent damage to their wings
    • Tubes have no solid back wall and are only open-ended wind tunnels
    • They contain glass or plastic tubes which cause condensation and fungus moulds
    • Some bee houses are too large. Many bee species will not live near each other. It is better to spread some smaller bee houses around the garden instead of having one big house
    • Some bee hotels are made of plywood, chipboard, particleboard, plastic or cardboard. Those are not suitable.
    • Many bee houses are made to hang from a branch or hook and cannot be firmly fixed. Bees do not like swinging nests.
    CONTENTS:
    • BEE HOTEL
    • BEE GARDEN Slots together in seconds, no tools required
    • BEE FLOWERS SEED MIX Kirchhoff's Heir Loom 'Colour Patch' Winter Dwarf or Summer Splendour (seasonal)
    • ORGANIC FLOWER FERTILISER It will not kill worms or microbes in the soil.
    • VOLCANIC ROCK DUST 72+ minerals and trace elements for healthy and productive soil
    • DRINKING STATION Stainless steel jar with 50 glass marbles (to prevent common drowning)
    Acknowledgements: I am grateful to the apiculturists Marc Carlton and Michael Hickman for information that we have used for this article.
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  • Discover what birds frequent your area. Please Note:
    Neither birds nor people do well on a diet of just bread and water. They need a balanced diet. Occasionally putting out some bread for the birds is not harmful. Please do not offer mouldy food.
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  • Free Shipping! This floor to ceiling scratch post and climbing pole has been designed to fit the 'Mini' Catio model only. The product is not suitable for use without the 'Mini Tower' cat enclosure.
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  • Free Shipping! This floor to ceiling scratch post and climbing pole has been designed to fit the 'Mini Tower' Catio model only. The product is not suitable for use without the 'Mini Tower' cat enclosure.
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  • Chicken Coop ‘Cluckingham Palace’

    R14,997.00
    Free delivery in the region around Cape Town! The 'Cluckingham Palace' is the flagship in our fleet of chicken coops. It is the right choice for you if you have more than six chickens that need to be confined temporarily and safely in the enclosed chicken-run. The large hen-house can sleep up to twelve chickens comfortably. In case the temporary confinement in the chicken-run is not necessary, the 'Waldorf Eggstoria' model might be a better choice. Should the chickens not be allowed to leave the chicken-run to roam freely, we can increase the run to any size that you deem fit. If you look closely at the pictured chicken-run, you might notice that it consists of three segments. We can add segments to arrive at a size that you like. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a free, handy how-to guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 - 245 1658  
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  • Free Shipping Nationwide! Simple ± 30 minutes re-assembly. The 'Ikhaya' is ideal if you have only two or three chickens that are allowed to roam freely during the day. Inside the hen-house is an elevated roosting pole where up to three chickens can sleep comfortably side by side. The egg nest is on a platform that slots in place and can be stored away inside the coop if not wanted. This feature makes cleaning super easy. One egg nest is enough for three chickens as they lay their eggs at different times. Up to seven hens share one nest. Human access to the inside is easy too by just lifting off the roof. The coop is designed to stand in full sun without overheating. Fresh air draws in through the gaps in the bottom, and hot air escapes through the ventilation channel underneath the roof. All droppings in the hen-house fall onto a sliding tray. Once again, problem-free quick cleaning. The coop rests on an elevated base so no vermin can get inside. The solid chicken door is on hinges and has a barrel lock for added security. The removable chicken ladder is on hooks below the door. Features: - Solid pine throughout, treated with the best marine-grade wood sealer available. - Ventilation channel under the lift-off roof. - Barrel locked chicken door. - Elevated roosting pole. - Slot-in, easy clean nesting compartment. - Slide-out cleaning tray. - Detachable ramp ladder. - Perspex window. - Pitched lift-off roof. - Chicken door aperture: 30 cm x 19.5 cm - Three chicken door themes of your choice. Are you a prospective chicken owner? New to keeping chicken? This free, handy how-to guide for the care of pet chickens covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 – 245 1658  
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  • Chicken Coop ‘Nkandla XL’

    R9,897.00
    For a limited time, free shipping to all major centres in South Africa! The ‘Nkandla XL’ is our most popular chicken coop among the urban backyard chicken keepers. The hen-house comfortably sleeps up to six regular-sized chicken. The city bylaws allow us to keep five hens without needing a permit (Cape Town five hens, Johannesburg ten hens), so the size of the ‘Nkandla XL’ is just perfect. The fully enclosed chicken-run is meant to be a safe temporary holding pen only, not a permanent enclosure for so many chickens. In that case, the ‘Kardashi-Hens’ coop would be a better choice as the chicken-run offers more roaming space. We don’t use galvanised chicken wire for any of our coops, only a much better looking and robust black plastic mesh. Whatever people say, the chicken mesh will rust and disintegrate, not only becoming an eyesore but an injury risk to children and chicken alike. Our plastic mesh will look as new for years to come, without needing any maintenance, neither will the super-strong framework which is CCA pressure treated. We construct this chicken coop with weathering protected, solid pine. We don’t use cheap Chinese import low-grade or lightweight wood. Nothing is cheaply nailed together. We only use rust-resistant screws, galvanised bolts and stainless steel hinges – all expensive. This raised coop has a large, dual nesting box and two built-in roosting perches. Each perch can sleep up to three normal-sized chicken side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for easy egg collection and quick cleaning. The nesting compartment can be blocked off to the hens. The ‘Nkandla XL’ also comes with a pull-out droppings tray and a hinged maintenance door for cleaning and access. The door above the chicken ladder is lockable to keep the chicken in, or out. A passive ventilation system prevents over-heating of the hen-house in full sun. The underside of the hen-house provides additional sun and rain protection. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a free and handy how-to guide for the care of pet chickens which covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 - 245 1658
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  • Chicken Coop ‘Villa’

    R6,979.00
    For a limited time: Free shipping to all major South African cities! You pay a lot of money for a proper chicken coop, so you expect a product that not only looks good but one that gives you years of trouble-free service. We construct this 6-seater chicken coop with solid pine only: no sheets, no particle boards, no plywood, no import low-grade or lightweight wood from Asia. Nothing on our coops is nailed together cheap-cheap. We only use rust-resistant screws, galvanised bolts and stainless steel hinges – all expensive. To last, we treat the pine with the best marine-grade timber sealer available, the same that ocean-going yachts protect. We don't go the cheap linseed oil treatment way. Linseed oil is suitable for wooden planter boxes, but not for valuable objects like this. The henhouse base is constructed with CCA pressure treated timber. It can stand in mud for years without rotting away. The coop is elevated to keep vermin out. The 'Villa' has a dual nesting box and two built-in roosting perches. Each roost comfortably sleeps up to three regular-sized chicken side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for quick egg collection and cleaning. The nesting compartment can be blocked off to the hens. The 'Villa' also comes with a pull-out droppings tray and a hinged maintenance door for access and cleaning. The door above the chicken ladder is lockable to keep the chicken in, or out. A passive ventilation system prevents over-heating of the henhouse in full sun. The underside of the henhouse provides additional sun and rain protection. GardenStuff's chicken coops are unmatched, and they add character to your garden. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a free, handy how-to guide for the care of pet chickens that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli on 071 - 245 1658
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  • Free delivery in Cape Town and immediate surrounds! The 'Waldorf Eggstoria' will impress your neighbours! This free-standing chicken coop is perfect for sleeping a free-ranging flock of more than six chickens but should house no more than twelve. If you have less than seven chickens, the 'Villa' coop should suffice. This raised coop comes with a large, four-bay nesting box and four built-in roosting perches on elevations. Each roost comfortably sleeps up to three regular-sized chickens side by side. The hinged egg box lid allows for quick egg collection and cleaning. Access to the nesting compartment can be blocked off to the hens. The hen house incorporates two pull-out trays and two hinged maintenance doors on the opposite sites for easy access. The door above the chicken ladder is lockable to keep the chicken inside, or out. A hidden ventilation system prevents over-heating of the hen-house in full sun. The underside of the hen-house provides additional sun and rain protection. We construct this chicken coop with weathering protected, solid pine. We don't use cheap Chinese import low-grade or lightweight wood. Nothing is cheaply nailed together. We only use rust-resistant screws, galvanised bolts and stainless steel hinges – all costly. This coop is expensive to produce. You will never find it discounted. Are you a prospective owner? New to raising chickens? Here is a free and handy how-to guide for the care of pet chicken that covers all the basics: Keeping Chicken 101 Need to chat? Call Uli 071 - 245 1658    
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  • Doggie mansion for a medium-sized (much-loved) pooch.
    This unique, high quality, solid pine luxury home is entirely hand-made.
    The bottom step functions as a (secret) Storage Box with a lid, to keep toys, brushes, treats, documents, etc.
    The Feeding Tray can be pulled out to access the Food Storage Box behind it, which is on casters.
    The roof of the shelter is removable for easy maintenance.
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