What to do this month

What to do in JUNE

Winter in the Western Cape might well be cold and wet but it also brings a host of beautiful features to the fore in the garden. Fynbos in full flower is bright and bountiful, bulbs are pushing forward, getting ready for spring and the selection of annuals and vegetables in 6-packs is much more varied than in summer. Foxgloves, Snapdragons, Delphiniums, Calendula, Pansies, Beetroot, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbages, Spring onions and Swiss Chard are all thriving in the cooler weather and extra water. They will all prefer full sun during this period. Hadeco Bulb food with a higher phosphate content is made to encourage bulb growth up to flowering.

When the weather is super unpleasant we can focus on indoor gardening. Not only do indoor plants provide an important connection to nature, they also absorb carbon dioxide emitted by us, and provide oxygen, thus creating a healthier environment for us. Nurturing indoor plants has become super trendy with some of the more popular types like Delicious Monsters (Monstera deliciosa), Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria species) and Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides) also being relatively easy to grow. Take note of light, temperature and water requirements when selecting your plants. Most plants will not tolerate a dark room, bright sunlight shining directly on them through a window, or erratic and unsuitable watering habits. Avoid drafts and keep the plants away from heaters that dry out the soil and the atmosphere. We have a range or organic and chemical water soluble plant food. Not all organic fertilisers are smelly! An example would be the Talborne Nourish range formulated from sugar beet, with no animal by-products in it. We have used them in the garden centre with fantastic results.

Watch out for snails hiding in the undergrowth. They are enjoying the damp weather and come out at night to feed on the luscious leaves of our favourite plants. As well as the standard snail poisons we also have a range of eco-friendly snail baits that will not harm pets.

Damp weather encourages the development of lawn fungi such as Dollar Spot and Brown Patch. Apply Makhro Lawn Protector which will also protect against Lawn Caterpillar and Mole Crickets.

Citrus australasica, also known as Australian Finger lime or Caviar lime, is indigenous to the thorny understorey shrubland of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. The small thorny trees grow in sun, in a protected area and require good, well drained soil with regular watering and feeding. The fruit is cylindrical, roughly the size of a thumb with juicy vesicles that pop out when the fruit is sliced open. They are tangy and delicious and are often used in cocktails, garnishing on seafood dishes and in salads.

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