082 908 7510 (Premicel)
Greener Tidings Garden Centre,
c/o School rd and Munnik ave (Duiwelskloof Road)
Public holidays: 9am-5pm
The season is changing with the colour of the leaves and the temperatures are dropping almost as fast as those very same leaves are plummeting to the ground, day after day. It’s also Mother’s Day this month and you will have to spoil MOM this year with a living gift, a bird feeder, some gardening gloves or just a big hug and a kiss!
- If your bulbs are not in the ground yet, be sure to do so as a matter of urgency or they’ll be sprouting in the packets and boxes as the temperatures signal it’s time to grow. Remember to keep an eye out for those pesky yellow and black worms called Lily borers that if left unchecked can destroy entire bulb crops.
- If you’ve been waiting patiently to plant those gorgeous winter annuals, the time has arrived! From the three P’s, namely poppies, pansies and primulas, to indigenous beauties like nemesias, bokbaaivygies and Namaqualand daisies, your biggest hurdle will be deciding what not to get this season.
- Time to think of winter protection where heavy frosts occur. Ie Ivypark, Nirvana, some areas of Flora park and Dalmada. Be sure to protect your sensitive plants with Frost guard
- Introduce some aloes and other succulents to your garden this May, if you haven’t already. Their warm reds, yellows and oranges will warm any space and bring all the nectar loving birds to your yard! Some of the smaller succulents, like Kalanchoe, will not only give you lasting colour for months to come but are also loved by butterflies, which in turn brings the insect loving birds.
- Water hardy summer annuals once a week and feed with a liquid fertilizer like Multikelp or Seagro to maintain steady growth. Water in the morning so that the foliage has time to dry before nightfall.
- Feed winter flowering annuals twice a month with Multikelp / Seagro. Remember to remove faded flowers regularly, especially from poppies, pansies and violas to prolong flowering
- Sweet peas: Tie the plants to their stakes or trellis as they grow, and remove tendrils and side shoots so that nutrients are not wasted on unnecessary growth. Increase the water supply as the plants grow. Water at least once a week and tidy up plants as they die down, removing old flower stems and dead leaves. Mulch with compost. Where plants were attacked by mildew during summer, spray thoroughly with Funginex/Orius.
- Cannas: Once the foliage has died back, cut the stems down to ground level. In areas that experience frost cover the plants with a deep mulch of coarse compost to protect the rhizomes.
- As winter flowering bulbs come up water more frequently, about once a week.
- Water vegetables regularly during dry weather. Feed with Multisol 2:1:2 every two weeks to improve the flavour of the vegetables. Keep an eye out for blight or powdery mildew on tomatoes, spray Dithane or Ludwigs Coppercount
- The following veg can be sown now, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Celery, Lettuce, Parsley and Peas
- Add plenty of Kraalmanure into your veggie gardens for extra nourishment
Many people think running a water feature is not so cheap but a Waterhouse pump will cost approximately R50 – R65 a month on electricity.
A lot of effort and time has gone into the planning and design of the features this year. We are all getting very excited about the creative displays we will be doing for you.