April is a wonderful time for gardening in the Western Cape. With the days a little cooler, it’s a productive time to get back into the garden and start getting it ready for the much-anticipated winter rains. Autumn is one of the best times to plant, as new arrivals have the cold winter months to settle in and develop root systems before the following hot summer. Where possible, establish a garden with the hardier, more drought-resilient varieties so that they have a better chance of coping when those hot, dry months come around again.
If you’re in need of a bit of a stock-up, our annual Plant Sale is happening from 10 April – 2 May, so pop in to any of our branches and choose from a huge variety of plants (thousands in fact!) at radically reduced prices.
SPOTLIGHT ON: SPRING-FLOWERING BULBS
Hooray for bulbs! Some of the easiest yet most rewarding plants to grow. April is the right time to plant them so that you can enjoy their marvelous flowers in spring! Plant indigenous beauties such as tritonia, lachenalia, ixias, sparaxis, babianas, watsonias and chincherinchee, and follow these handy tips to get them off to a good start.
ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR APRIL
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OTHER FRESH IDEAS
TOP TIP: Autumn leaves
Instead of fighting the autumn leaf fall, fallen leaves can be left on the grass or in garden beds to form a nutrient-rich mulch for the garden. In time, they’ll break down and become food for the soil again. Learn more here.
GROW YOUR OWN: Veggies from seed
Growing your own veggies has got to be one of the most rewarding kinds of gardening – and now’s the time to get those winter soup veggies in the ground! Here are a few tips on how to grow your own veggies from seed: http://bit.ly/2mOPajF