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So far, we have had a lick and a promise of spring, with tight buds and delicate blossoms on bare branches. But in October Mother Nature goes into overdrive and turns this promise into colourful reality when gardens and veld alike burst into full bloom. Have a ball in your garden and enjoy the beauty around you, while feeding, pruning, watering, keeping a watchful eye on pests, and planting in earnest for summer.
-Pruning at the moment includes the trimming back of geraniums, osteospermums and other flowering perennials to encourage new growth and another flush of colour.
-Don’t forget to feed your azaleas with acid food.
- Increase the frequency of mowing lawns and be sure to lower the level of the mower blades. Fertilise lawn with a lawn feed high in nitrogen. 8:1:3, Vigorosa or BIO-GANIC LAWNS
There is still time to Lawndress if you haven’t done so already! October is the last month!
-In the veggie garden try your hand at sowing all the new and different types of basil available, like lemon basil and red basil.
-Mulch garden beds and containers with bark chips or compost to help prevent weeds, heat stress and evaporation.
-Keep shrubs well watered as we’ve already experienced some hot days.
- Keep on feeding your hydrangeas to get them in top form for the Christmas season. While thinking about the holidays, you might as well start thinking about traditional flower colour in the garden too
Rust is very common during this time of year due to the heat and humidity. This pic shows rust on daylilies. Cut off all diseased leaves, put them in a paper bag and burn them. Drench the plant with Dithane/ Orius
Keep an eye on Clivias, Aggies and Amaryllys. The lily borer will start being active now until February.
Kemprin can be mixed with water in a watering can and drenched over the plants, make sure the liquid penetrates into the crown of the plant
The army worm will also start to be active now. If your lawn starts to go a light green colour or patchy, most of the time it will be worms/ants or termites.
If you are unsure, do the washing powder test. Apply a generous handful of washing powder onto the area and spray it in with a hosepipe. Within a couple of minutes, whatever is worrying your lawn will surface.
Army worms/ants/termites – drench the lawn with Kemprin/Cypermethrin.
If no pest should surface, you probably have a bit of a fungus – in this case spray with Orius/Fungi-Nil
Root rot on Azaleas/ Lavenders and Petunias
Root rot is also very common this time of year. Trim back the affected plant and drench with Virikop/Dithane.
October is renowned for the first blooms of these plant queens! Remember that roses need lots of sun, regular watering and monthly feeding to keep them in top shape.
Our Rose sale and festival starts on the 14th – 30th of October.
- Dig a hole about 2-3 times the size of the bag the rose is growing in
- Apply a generous amount of Compost and a handful of Bonemeal into the hole
- Cut the planting bag off the roots system and plant your bush
- Make a soil dam around the base and water well
- Remember to mulch with Bark, Macadamia shells or a Mulch mix.
- Water twice weekly, at least 10L per week.
- Start feeding after 3 weeks, 2 teaspoons of 8:1:5 ROSES or Vigorosa monthly – apply the fertilizer around the base of the stem making sure the granules do not touch the stem of the rose, it may burn
- Week 1 – spray with Funginex/ Orius – you can alternate these products monthly
- Week 3 – spray Kemprin/ Koinor – alternate too monthly
Try not to cut too many of your blooms for the vase in the first season, as the more you cut the more leaves you remove. These leaves are needed to absorb sunlight and produce food and nutrients for the first few months.
Plant a ‘living’ mulch between your roses this summer to conserve water, and to keep their roots cool. Choose small plants and groundcovers with shallow root systems like: Marguerite Daisy (Argyranthemum); Garden Verbena (Verbena); Alyssum (Lobularia); River Daisy (Brachyscome); Creeping Jenny(Lysimachia); False Heather (Cuphea); Seaside Daisy (Erigeron) and Australian Viola (Viola hederacea).
Companion planting will help to keep your roses healthy and reduce the need to spray. Lavender and Thyme deter aphids, snails and ants; and any plant in the onion family like Chives protect against black spot, mildew and aphids. Sage promotes healthy plant growth and will attract bees.
So there you have it, all the info you need to start a successful and very rewarding rose garden.
Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch – work, in other words. Garden Day, however, is the time to reap the rewards of your labour. In other words, toss down that spade, invite family and friends around, kick back and appreciate the varied reasons why making a garden is so worthwhile!
SO, WHAT MUST YOU DO ON GARDEN DAY?
Celebrate your garden! How?
o Invite neighbours and friends round for rooibos tea and cake, or cheese and wine!
o Instead of book club, have a plant club. Ask guests to bring a rare and interesting plant to swap with one of the other guests.
o Have a garden scavenger hunt.
o Enjoy dinner outside in the garden with each dish featuring a home-grown ingredient.
o Make seed bombs with the kids.