Gardening Tips September

We all love avocado pears but are you not getting rather bored of just plain halves with salt and vinegar. Try this recipe out – grilled avo, baby spinach leaves, strawberries, mint leaves, radishes and pomegranate rubies doused in a vinaigrette sauce. All these ingredients could and should be in any garden! Veggie gardens are a must and the ideas are endless with recipes provided for the harvested crops. Do not neglect herbs and herbal drinks with their health benefits!

New varieties of plants are written about to tempt us – visit Colourful Splendour to view some of these! Be part of our ‘Crazy Daisy Promotion’ and introduce all the colours of the rainbow to your spring palette by trying some of the following – all at less 30% - erigeron karvinskianus, argyranthemum crested yellow, felicia blue and osteospermums in magic orange, blue with eye, dark purple, rose magic and white.


So ‘mulch’ to do! Information is like compost - it does no good until you spread it around.The summer rains will hopefully be here soon – until then mulch with as much compost as possible – this will help conserve the moisture. Compost also:

  • builds good soil structure
  • enables soil to retain nutrients, water and air
  • protects against drought
  • helps maintain a neutral pH
  • protects plants from many diseases commonly found in your garden
  • feeds earthworms and other microbial life in the soil

Remember that it does not matter how much you plan and how many plants you purchase, if you do not have a good soil, your garden will not sparkle so feed, feed and feed your soil again and again!!!

Grasses are considered trendy! If you planted carex, miscanthus and festucas about two years ago they could require splitting now. Remove dead leaves from your flaxes, cordylines and mondo grasses. To rejuvenate your restios when new shoots start to appear, break off the tall old stems as close to the base as you can.

Roses

For everything to ‘come up roses’ this month, give yours their spring feed of 8:1:5 or 5:1:5 or 3:1:5 and water it in well. Spray them with a fungicide to keep black spot and mildew at bay. As new leaves start to develop they will provide tasty food for Aphids and other sucking insects. Control them with Koinor (one application lasts the whole season), Aphicide, Insecticide Granules or No Insect Outdoors Spray.