WELCOME TO JANUARY...
A brand new year has arrived and with it many new hopes and resolutions. This year, why not resolve to grow your own fruit and vegetables or to make your garden a place of tranquil escape and relaxation?
YOU SAY “TOMAATO”, I SAY “TOMATO”:
Tomatoes can still be planted now. If you have no garden space left, try pots! Small cherry tomatoes can even be planted in a large hanging basket. Tomatoes love a high Potassium fertiliser such as 3:1:5 Organic and regular watering. Summer wind can be so destructive, so ensure all taller tomatoes are staked.
Trees are making a come-back! They should be the first thing you plant in a bare garden, to give lushness and a sense of perspective. At the coast one can use smaller trees as a wind break to protect more fragile plants. In noisy suburbs, use trees to curb noise pollution. Shade from your trees will mean you save water, as other parts of your garden will remain cooler. Indigenous trees help to feed local birdlife and small animals.
Everyone wants as much colour as possible during summer. For a colour punch, plant Hibiscus, Coreopsis, Rudbeckias, Vincas, Polygalas,Sunflowers, Begonias, Petunias, Salvias and Angelonias. Feed with “Sea Secret” for best results!
INSECT REPELLING HERBS:
Summer brings many sunny joys but also many irritating insects. Crush Lemon Balm or Catnip leaves and use as insect repellent wipes. Plant Lavender under your windows to keep bugs at bay and place small pots of Peppermint on your window sills inside, to repel flies and mosquitoes. If you DO get bitten, rub the Peppermint leaves onto the area for relief.
SUMMER SALE NOW ON AT WEST COAST
GARDENING TIPS FOR JANUARY
Most of us are faced with the challenge of keeping our gardens in good condition in the hot and windy conditions we are experiencing at the moment. Back from holiday we might also have to do a lot of rescue work in the garden. January does not only mark the period for our children to go back to school, but also reminds us that we should get our gardens back in shape. There is a lot to be done in the garden this month, so try to do your gardening chores in the early morning or in the late afternoon.
ESKOM - WE ARE NOT AFFECTED
We are de-lighted to announce that you can enjoy your shopping without any interruptions.
We are not affected by Eskom's load shedding.
LIVE WORM TEA - REAP THE BENEFITS!
We’ve had great response from people buying and using our Live Worm Tea on Tap from Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Rosebank. Don't forget to bring your container along (or you can buy a two or five litre from us). Click here to learn about the benefits of this excellent liquid concentrate worm compost.
HERBS & SPICES FOR HEALTH
Learn how to use or grow an amazing range of herbs and spices to enhance your personal health! The modern lifestyle we lead these days has resulted in our bodies becoming increasingly toxic due to an intake of harmful chemicals, resulting in compromised immunity and a more disease-prone body.
This is your chance to detox and heal yourself by natural means - with spices you probably already have in your cupboard. More and more people are turning to nature for preventing and curing illness as conventional medicines fail. Click here for more information.
GARDEN RESTAURANT DELIGHTS
If you are looking for a tranquil setting to host any event from a 60th birthday party or baby shower to a year-end function, Starke Ayres Restaurant is the perfect choice. Click here for more information.