March gardening checklist

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Here’s a quick checklist to remind you what to do in your garden this March.

Plant your Hibiscus. These late-summer-flowering shrubs need sun or light shade in pretty containers on a patio or balcony, or in the garden. They have medium to low water usage in the garden, but will need a little more in pots.

If your summer veggie patch has not produced well enough, dig up spent veggies and sow green-manure crops (mustard, buckwheat, clover, linseed, lupines, lucerne, borage) in beds that will be left empty in winter. When they are flowering (they are pretty!), dig them into the soil. They improve the soil structure for better water retention and increase the fertility of it for a next round of summer crops.

Check your water features. Clean out your water features before it gets cold and the job becomes uncomfortable. Check that your pump is clean and in good condition. You don’t want to do this in mid-winter!

Wild Dagga (Leonotis Leonurus) is a very hardy, drought- and frost-resistant, evergreen perennial shrub that produces beautiful tubular flowers from February to July. Plant it in sun or semi-shade to provide an important food and nectar plant for sunbirds, bees and butterflies during autumn and winter.

Prepare for Strawberries! Start preparing a bed for strawberries by digging in well-rotted kraal manure, compost, a dusting of flowers of sulphur (they like acidity) and general fertiliser. Strawberries can also be grown successfully in containers and hanging baskets – use a good quality potting soil.

Feed all shrubs and the lawn with a potassium-rich fertiliser to strengthen the cells and stems before winter comes.

For more tips, read the March issue Of The Gardener and Die Tuinier!

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