COLUMN: Autumn rain means perfect time to plant

2016-05-03 06:00

Autumn has arrived and, along with it, some much needed rain which makes the conditions ideal for planting.

Now is the time to get some plants and seedlings into the garden.

During the winter months your plants will have time to settle and develop root systems in order to flourish when spring and summer arrive.

What should be on your gardening to do list this month:

Plant and sow

. Try indigenous varieties like tritonia, lachenalia, ixias, sparaxis, babianas, watsonias, chincherinchee and exotics like ranunculus, anemone, hyacinths, daffodils and narcissus for some wonderful spring flowers

. Sow or plant winter- and spring-flowering seedlings like African daisies, sweet peas, Virginian stocks, cinerarias, snapdragons, lobelias, delphiniums, dianthus, nemesia, pansies, salvia, violas, scabiosa and Flanders poppies

. Don’t forget winter veggies like broccoli, broad beans, peas, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, onions and turnips – ideal for potjies, stews and soups.

Feed

. Make sure you mow your lawn a little shorter and feed it with a potassium-rich fertiliser to strengthen it before the winter months

. Feed azaleas, camellias and tea bushes with a handful of colour burst. Mulch with super acidic mix and keep well watered

. Container plants should be fed with Nitrosol to give them a boost before winter.

. Citrus trees need a handful of Magnesium Sulphate round about now; and remember to inspect the leaves carefully for signs of citrus psylla or scale.

Prune

. Prune evergreen hedges, summer-flowering shrubs and overgrown climbers

. Deadhead roses to encourage a last autumn flush.

V This column was contributed by Stodels. Read more water-wise gardening tips in People’s Post the first week of every month or visit www.stodels.com.

Autumn has arrived and, along with it, some much needed rain which makes the conditions ideal for planting.

Now is the time to get some plants and seedlings into the garden.

During the winter months your plants will have time to settle and develop root systems in order to flourish when spring and summer arrive.

What should be on your gardening to do list this month:

Plant and sow

. Try indigenous varieties like tritonia, lachenalia, ixias, sparaxis, babianas, watsonias, chincherinchee and exotics like ranunculus, anemone, hyacinths, daffodils and narcissus for some wonderful spring flowers

. Sow or plant winter- and spring-flowering seedlings like African daisies, sweet peas, Virginian stocks, cinerarias, snapdragons, lobelias, delphiniums, dianthus, nemesia, pansies, salvia, violas, scabiosa and Flanders poppies

. Don’t forget winter veggies like broccoli, broad beans, peas, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, spinach, onions and turnips – ideal for potjies, stews and soups.

Feed

. Make sure you mow your lawn a little shorter and feed it with a potassium-rich fertiliser to strengthen it before the winter months

. Feed azaleas, camellias and tea bushes with a handful of colour burst. Mulch with super acidic mix and keep well watered

. Container plants should be fed with Nitrosol to give them a boost before winter.

. Citrus trees need a handful of Magnesium Sulphate round about now; and remember to inspect the leaves carefully for signs of citrus psylla or scale.

Prune

. Prune evergreen hedges, summer-flowering shrubs and overgrown climbers

. Deadhead roses to encourage a last autumn flush.

This column was contributed by Stodels. Read more water-wise gardening tips in People’s Post the first week of every month or visit www.stodels.com.

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