June 2018
Western Cape

Winter needn’t mean downtime in the garden. Take the opportunity to grow seasonal veggies and add some colour to your plot in June.
    ON YOUR TO-DO LIST   Plant and sow
            • Plant cool-season bedding plants such as alyssum, calendula, dianthus, lobelia, nemesia, pansies, sweet peas and violas.
            • Liliums, azaleas and camellias can be planted in dappled shade.
            • Sow winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, kale, radish, leek, onion, turnips and members of the cabbage family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach).
            • Feed lemon trees with 3:1:5 or 8:1:5.
            • Remedy yellowing leaves with a micro-element mixture such as Trelmix.
            • Feed bulbs with bulb food once every two weeks and water well.
            • Winter and spring-flowering seedlings require 3:1:5 every two weeks with a weekly watering.
            • Check the edges of sweet peas. If they’re brown and papery, feed with 3:1:5.
            • Feed indoor plants with nitrosol weekly.
            • Remove side shoots on sweet peas to encourage strong upward growth.
            • Trim autumn-flowering shrubs like pride of India, ribbon bush, wild dagga and barleria.
            • Prune fruit trees such as peach, plum and apricot.
            • Spruce up hydrangeas.
            • Prune roses after transplanting.
            • Now is the perfect time to prepare holes if you’re transplanting your roses as they are dormant during winter.
            • Spray with lime after planting and pruning.
          • Keep an eye out for leaf miner on cinerarias and spray with Bioneem.
          • Spray conifers with Koinor or Bioneem to ward off aphids, or water in insecticide granules at the base of the tree.
          • Use organic snail bait for snails on clivias, daffodils and young seedlings.