Gardening Tips October

What words can be found to describe this magnificent time of the year? Spring is here with summer just around the corner. It is a wonderful time of the year – not too cold and not yet too hot. Besides admiring the beauty around us, there is plenty to do! Everything in your garden should be undergoing a revival and you need to do your bit to help

  • We have a new range of wooden planter boxes which you can use to smarten up your surroundings. Fill them with our ready-to-use herbs or veggies. You can then pick fresh salad greens every time you want to make a salad!
  • We also have ready-to-eat veggie table bowls! Just put them on your table and pick young fresh leaves or tomatoes or cucumbers and create your own salad! These patio veggies produce a huge crop of miniature produce!
  • Sow vegetable seeds or plant seedlings of sweet corn, cucumber, turnips, egg fruit, beetroot, carrots, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsley, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes and capsicum. Try our full range of peppers from sweet and mild to hot, hot hot!

  • We also have tiny brinjals planted in pots for your patio! Being related to the tomato, potato and peppers, brinjals also need full sun in summer. The plants have attractive leaves and pretty mauve flowers, followed by glossy purple fruits, and can even look good in a flower bed. Wonderful vegetarian dishes are prepared with this versatile vegetable.

  • Plant your basil now! It is easily grown in a sunny spot in summer. Full of aromatic flavour, it is delicious in salads, stews and stuffing. The fragrance and flavour of basil has made it one of our most popular culinary and household herbs. Grown next to tomatoes it enhances their flavour and it also helps repel aphids, white fly, fruit fly and beetles. It only needs a few plants to make a whole lot of pesto!

  • Feed and water all your annuals regularly. Deadhead and pick the flowers frequently. Remove annuals that are finished flowering and replace with seedlings or sow seeds. Remember our big trays are real value for money.
  • Sow flowering seeds or plant seedlings of phlox, zinnias, asters, petunias, portulacas, cleomes, celosias, begonias and ageratum. Sow Vanilla marigolds and red salvia seeds now so that you can have a red and white display for Christmas.

  • Try New Guinea impatiens for the shade. These plants are gaining in popularity as they are disease resistant. Bushy and compact with large flowers in vibrant bright colours when planted en masse, they really make a statement. They perform best planted in morning sun and afternoon shade. Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer once a week to produce healthy, sturdy plants that will delight the eye! Do not let them dry out, keep moist with good compost mulch.
  • You can also try the new Bounce impatiens for the sun (or shade) – these bounce back after wilting and resist downy mildew!
  • For that sunny spot, Sunpatiens are just the plant – vibrant colours, quick growth and disease resistant.
  • And then of course the good old fashioned impatiens. While the weather is dry and warm they will thrive so “Get busy, Lizzie
  • Remember that it does not matter how much you plan and how many plants your purchase, if you do not have a good soil, your garden will not sparkle so feed, feed and feed your soil again and again
  • Feed your spring-flowering bulbs that are still growing to encourage bulb-formation. Remove these bulbs only once the leaves are completely yellow. Dahlia bulbs can be planted now. These plants are ideal for flower arrangements.

  • Divide agapanthus, tulbughia and dietes etc. where needed. Cut your over-grown groundcovers back and feed, mulch and then water these plants generously.
  • I hope you made use of our September lawn dressing and fertilizer specials and your lawn is now looking good. Lift the lawnmower's blade height a little to get that smooth lush look.

  • Avoid pruning plants that still need to flower. Prune your Coleonema after flowering and neaten the Azaleas.
  • Cut back your climbers to give them a chance to thicken up.Talking of climbers, all our Bougainvilleas are less 30%. Even though these very beautiful climbers hail from South America, they are popular worldwide. With multiple uses, colours, shapes and sizes, every garden should have one. Bougainvilleas are sun-loving and water wise and can clothe a north facing wall completely with brilliant colour.

  • Now is the time to buy your fuchsias. These dainty, beautiful flowers like a bit of shade and add bright colour to any garden – you know how vibrant the colour “fuchsia” is! Fuchsias do particularly well in a flower bed beside an east or south facing wall, under trees or large shrubs in filtered shade or in containers on a patio as they need good light (not direct sun-light) to flower well.If you plan to pot up a fuchsia, make sure the container has a diameter of at least 25cm.Nip out the tips for the next few weeks to get the maximum number of flowers around Christmas – flowers are produced on the new growth. Feed with a high potash feed such as 3:1:5 to promote flowering.

  • Mulch your hydrangeas with compost, feed with a general fertilizer and water with a solution of iron chelate. Give plants with yellowing leaves a handful of Epson Salts.
  • Let’s not forget your home! One of our indigenous treasures that has been hybridised and now has world-wide fame as an indoor plant because of the attractive flowers and foliage and the long flowering period is streptocarpus. It is a pretty shade-loving plant, fast growing and so rewarding in the house or on your patio. Available in deep purple to softest pink, their clusters of trumpet shaped flowers are a joy to behold!
  • Feed your camellias with high nitrogen fertilizer the water well.
  • For us, OCTOBER is always ROSE month, and again we have great specials for you! Enjoy picking your lovely blooms but don’t pick more than 50% off at a time as this reduces the leaf cover and stresses the roots. Always remove any suckers and protect your bushes against diseases and pests by spraying. Feed them in the middle of the month with Vigorosa. Give each rose bush 10l of water twice a week. This category of plants is really where the plant breeders have come into their own! The varieties of roses are endless and there is sure to be one exhibiting your favourite colour and exuding that special fragrance. Pop into the nursery and choose anyone as they will be less 30% from Friday 19thuntil 31st. Not only are our rose plants on special during this time, but we also have the products that are needed to care for them, at ridiculously low prices too!