We’re all wishing for another winter of good rains! While you wait, get your garden ready for the cooler months ahead by sowing our list of winter vegetables, feeding your lawn, pruning plants andtreating common garden pests.
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Plant drought-tolerant varieties such as bougainvillea, wild iris, yellow wild iris, spekboom, plumbago, tulbaghia, duinekraaibessie, Margaret Roberts lavender, Pelargonium Geranium Maverick, leucadendron, Natal plum, De Wet aloes, proteas and rosemary.
Tip: When digging trenches to plant asparagus, the crowns must be spaced 45cm apart. Ensure the trench width is 45cm wide and then dig 25–30cm deep.
Feed azaleas, camellias and tea bushes with a handful of 3:1:5 fertiliser per bush. Mulch with compost and keep well-watered.
Use a handful of 2:3:2 per square metre to feed your lawn before rainfall.
Feed spring-flowering bulbs with bulb food and keep the soil moist at all times.
Indoor plants like calceolarias, cinerarias, cyclamen, daffodils, hyacinths, poinsettias and primulas should be fed every two weeks with a liquid fertiliser. Water every three days or when the soil feels dry.
Discontinue feeding pot plants. Water less frequently, but don’t let the plants become dry.
Thin out citrus trees as well as other evergreen fruit trees.
Tidy up summer- and autumn-flowering shrubs, including lavender, ribbon bush, plumbago, hydrangea, wild dagga and barleria.