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February gardening guide |Gauteng | Stodels Nursery

February 2019
Gauteng



Gardening in February in Gauteng involves caring for your lawn, giving your roses a good feed, and growing some of the best late summer produce.

Spotlight on: Succulents
Succulents are the perfect plants for both novice gardeners and gardening aficionados. They require very little water, which makes them a great choice for both indoor and outdoor spaces, especially during times of restricted water usage.

While there are many different types of succulent plants, some species are easier to care for and more versatile than others. Our favourite easy-maintenance varieties include the echeveria, jade plant (Crassula ovata), pig’s ears (Cotyledon orbiculata), aloe and sedum (or stonecrop).

Succulents also make wonderful gifts. With Valentine’s Day looming, what better way to treat your favourite person than with an everlasting gift that grows?

ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR FEBRUARY
Plant & Sow Feed
  • Feed your herbs and vegetables with Atlantic Bio Ganic to maintain strong, healthy crops.
  • Continue feeding roses monthly until April.
  • Use a chemical fertiliser such as Wonder Lawn & Leaf 7:1:3 or the organic Atlantic Bio Ganic Lawns if watering your lawn three or more times a week.
  • Wonder All Purpose 3:2:1, a chemical fertiliser, and Atlantic Bio Ganic Lawns can be used if you water your lawn less than three times a week. Pro tip: Mow your lawn regularly, cutting at medium-to-high height to help the lawn cope with soaring late-summer temperatures.
Pests
You may spot some unwelcome pests this month. Here’s how to deal with them:
  • Mole cricket: Apply Makhro Lawn Protector or Wonder 4:1:1 Fertiliser + Insecticide
  • Ants: Use Protek Nip-It Ant Control Granules
  • Termites: Protect your lawn with Protek Termite Stop for termites’ nests
  • Snails: Use organic snail bait such as Biogrow Ferramol, or the chemical-based Efekto Snailban
  • Red spider: Treat with chemical-based Efekto Oleum, or opt for the organic Margaret Roberts’ Insecticide
  • Spray roses with Efekto Rosecare to protect it from diseases and pests.
OTHER FRESH IDEAS

Grow your own: Sweet peas
Now’s the time to prepare your bed for sowing sweet peas so you can look forward to filling your home with these fragrant blooms come autumn. Read our guide to growing your own sweet peas and keep your eyes open for the seeds, coming to Stodels soon.

Give a personalised gift
Skip the classic bouquet of roses this Valentine’s Day and go the extra mile by giving a personalised gift – it will live much longer than flowers!

Some of our favourite gifts from the heart include:
  • The flowering Kalanchoe plant in a white heart pot – the perfect colours for the celebration of love.
  • If your significant other isn’t a fan of red blooms, you really can’t go wrong with this rose in a charming pot.
  • Melt your partner’s heart with a stylish small pyramid terrarium.
  • Bring a fresh touch of romance and a dash of elegance into your loved one’s home with the Bromeliad Fasciata in white pot.

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