Plectranthus 'Sasha'
Lavender dentata
Begonia Stara
Hibiscus Full Moon
Coleus 'Oompah'
Ajuga Chocolate Chip
Square water feature with pipes
Strawberry Hanging basket
Agapanthus Mini blue
Dry container garden
Dyckia variety
Plectranthus Mona Lavender
Echevaria
Focus feature
Container gardening
Agapanthus Queen Mum
Wheelbarrow water feature
Plectranthus Mona Lavender
Azalea
Boma Fire Pit
Bromelia
Mafuta water feature
Mafuta 600 pot
Pillar water feature
Hibiscus Mollie Cummings
Cactus
Plectranthus Sasha
Rose Duftwolke

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Telephone:

015-296 0303
082 908 7510 (Premicel)

Physical Address:

Greener Tidings Garden Centre,
Erf 7421
2 Knottrox Ave
Bendor ext 115
Polokwane
0699

Business Hours:

Mondays-Saturdays: 8am-5pm
Sundays: 9am-1pm
Public holidays: 9am-5pm

 

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October in the Garden

 

October is Rose month and we are excited to announce that our annual Rose Festival will be running from the 20th – 29th!

We also know that October is a fine time to feed all plants and to protect mid-spring treasures against pests and weeds. But most of all, enjoy your spring garden!


Seedling newsflash!

Ready-to-plant annuals in seedling trays are the fastest and cheapest way to turn any garden into a garden of Eden and at this time of year, and you are spoiled for choice. Flower seedlings to plant include: petunias, lobularias (alyssum), gazanias, dianthus, summer chrysanthemums, Sunpatiens, salvias and celosias – all perfect for sunny spots.

Remember that seedling success relies on: Compost enriched soil and regular feeding with a water soluble fertiliser like Vigorosa or Multisol 3:1:6. So, make sure that you stock up on these products as well.

Bountiful flowers and food

Summer-flowering annuals like cosmos, marigolds, lobelias, Portulacea, zinnias and sunflowers, and most summer vegetables and herbs can be sown, now that night temperatures are higher. Here are some handy tips when sowing:

• Large seeds – place a piece of chicken wire over the seed tray to make a template for sowing evenly. Use one seed per hole.
• Small seeds – fine seeds such as lobelia can stick to your fingers and are difficult to spread out. Mix them with dry sand or bread flour in an old flour shaker and shake the mix lightly over the moistened soil.
• To keep your soil moist when sowing, mix in vermiculite before hand

Some easy-to-grow veggies to sow now:

Cucumbers – sow seeds directly. The plants will need sturdy stakes to keep the fruit off the ground.


Green beans – plant seeds of bush types which are easier to manage.

Squashes and baby marrows – sow seeds directly. As soon as they emerge, they need to be thinned out. Trail them up teepees made of poles, or over wire fences.


Giving trees with sexy fruits

If you have decided to plant a fig tree (Ficus carica) this spring, you are totally in. All the well-known hybrids like ‘Adam’, ‘Black Velvet’, ‘Cape Brown’ or ‘White Genoa’ are easy to grow. Fig trees are deciduous, as well as cold and frost hardy. They can also be planted in large pots.


Smart planting

Perennials for our region include: agapanthus, gauras, fuchsias, nemesias, osteospermums and geraniums of all kinds. Also go for lavenders, gazanias and masses of pretty, but tough angelonias

The showstopper of the October garden must be star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). This versatile creeper with its glossy, dark green foliage and aromatic, pure white flowers, can be used to trail over pergolas and fences and if planted en masse, as a groundcover under trees. It grows well in pots too.

Pot up amaryllis bulbs: Use good quality potting soil that drains well and pots that are just a little bigger than the bulb’s own width. Beware the planting depth: The bulb’s ‘shoulder’ must protrude above the soil surface and the ‘nose’ should reach just above the pot’s rim. Keep the pots in a warm, well-lit position and the soil always moist.


Begonias for all places…

 
Gardening in shady areas can be tricky. Bedding begonias available in seedling trays, fill that gap beautifully, as each plant produces masses of waxy flowers to brighten the darkest of corners. It is also planting time for Dragon wing begonias, which are perfect for patio pots and hanging baskets in dappled shade.
 


Rosecare for October

Roses are in full flower force in October! You can plan a new rose garden or fill up an existing one. Although roses dislike disturbance around their roots while growing actively again, they do not mind the presence of a living mulch like a few dainty groundcovers and perennials to add more colour and romance to the rose garden. Bright colours and flowers to add now include creeping Jenny, Erigeron, thyme, chives, brachycomes (different hybrids and colours), lobularia, scabiosa (corn flower) and sweet violet (Viola odorata).

Fertilise your roses again with a fertiliser formulated for Vigorosa, and follow up every 4 weeks. At the garden centre we use a strict spray programme that keeps our roses in top form:

Month 1 - Week 1 – Fertilize with Vigorosa, drench with Koinor (for sucking and chewing insects) and mulch                               

Week 3 – Spray with Orius (Fungicide)

Month 2 – Week 1 – Fertilize with Vigorosa

Week 3 – Spray with Chronos (fungicide)

Then start with Month 1 again. If your roses are kept mulched, water twice a week.

 

5 Tips for a beautiful summer lawn

• Mow regularly, making sure that you never cut off more than one third of the length of a leaf blade. Keep the lawn mower level at the same height each week, never set it higher.

• Water weekly and fertilise monthly

• Keep the lawn level and free of depressions where water and debris can accumulate.

• Rake up grass clippings and leaves to allow the lawn blades to photosynthesise efficiently.

• Get rid of broadleaf weeds in existing lawns by spraying with Lawntyl/ Lawnweeder. Before spraying, fertilise your lawn, water well, wait two weeks and then spray for weeds. Repeat if necessary.


Spring pruning to do

 

• In the orchard, remove any growth sprouting from below the graft or bud union of the rootstock, on which a variety was either grafted or budded (oculated) onto a rootstock (Especially with citrus). Regular cutting off the dead or spend flowers on rose bushes – best halfway down the stem – encourages re-sprouting of quality flowering.

• Cut off the dead flower stems of winter-flowering aloes and check around the base of your plants for small pups (plantlets) which can be planted out in pots or in other areas of the garden.

• Prune flowering peaches, almonds and ornamental quinces as soon as they have finished flowering.

 

Water gardening

 

Water lilies are simply exquisite and they are available now. They are deepwater aquatics normally grown in large ponds and dams, but can also be planted in a portable water feature such as a ceramic pot or a waterproof wooden barrel on a sunny balcony or stoep in about 30 – 60cm deep water.

Check list:
• Put out snail bait amongst strawberry plants and provide a mulch of straw, mulch or bark chips to prevent the fruit from touching the soil. Pick the fruit frequently to encourage new ones.

• Thin out peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums when they are about pea-size. They need a second application of a general 6:1:5 for fruiting plants. Continue

• spraying and baiting against fruit fly and codling moth.

• Sow more parsley, chives, basil and coriander seeds.

• Look out for insects such as aphids, mealy bugs and whitefly on soft new growth and spray with Malathion or Plant care.

• Freshen up garden containers, containing specimen plants like lollipop standards, by pruning them neatly to maintain a round shape. Plant some bright red bedding begonias around the stems this month and you will have a great festive look in December.

• Remove spent flowers from spring bulbs and annuals and stake perennials as their stems become longer.

• Remember to put out cutworm bait after planting young seedlings.

• After the first spring rain, apply mulches around all shrubs and trees to conserve moisture in the soil around them.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful October. Remember to send us your pics of your Garden Day preperations!