With our strong summer sun, the roses that show up best and hold their colour are those with blooms in warm shades of orange, yellow and red. This season yields a fine crop of sturdy growers with flowers in glowing colours. 1. ‘Nelson Mandela’ is a fiery orange-red floribunda Eco-Chic rose. It is a tall […]
Check out these super tips for the food garden this season. 1. Super berries They say that the blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is one of the world’s most effective superfoods due to its high concentration of antioxidants. Good news is that a number of great blueberry varieties are now readily available locally. Plant them in full […]
Baby Cabbages Like all things miniature, baby cabbages have an appeal all of their own. They don’t take up as much growing space as big cabbages (which is an important consideration for small gardens) and they are ready for harvesting a whole lot sooner. If you don’t have a large family then a big head […]
Hot Season Crop Tips MORE BRINJALS Increase the yield of your brinjals by pinching out the growing tip when five or six leaves have formed. This encourages the plant to branch, which increases the number of flowers. Don’t neglect watering and feed with a potassium-rich fertiliser, like Vigorosa, for more flowers. TRANSPLANTING TIPS Seedlings are […]
Strawberry Fields To enjoy sweet strawberries in spring and early summer you should be preparing and planting now The best spot to grow strawberries is in full sun, in soil that drains quite well. Start off by digging the soil over to about a spade’s depth, removing all stones, plant roots and weeds. Apply ample […]
Leaf vegetables: spinach, rocket Root vegetables: beetroot (cooler areas) Legumes: bush and runner beans Brassicas: broccoli (first sowing for cooler areas), cabbage (cooler areas), cauliflower (first sowing for cooler areas) Fruit vegetables: capsicums (last month), tomatoes (last month), cucumber, marrows, squash, mealies and pumpkins Shoots: asparagus (except Lowveld and KwaZulu-Natal coast) Herbs: continue sowing basil, […]
Fertilising your lawn Question: If lawns are fertilised regularly, do they require mowing more often than lawns that have not been fertilised? Answer: Well-fertilised lawns are healthy and have a dense growth habit with a thick and even coverage. They’re also likely to have fewer weeds and other undesirable plants competing with the grass, so […]
Sow these veggies Bush beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, spinach Swiss chard, turnips, brussels sprouts, cabbage (in some areas) Sow these Herbs: basil, coriander, nasturtiums and flat-leaf parsley Annuals The best sowing time Cineraria, dianthus, gazanias, Iceland poppies, primulas, violas Prune Remove weak stems and deadhead hydrangeas that have […]
August is the time to get out those seed packets and hone your sowing, spacing and thinning out skills.
Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.