Winter is in full swing, so your gardening to-do list has become much shorter due to those icy temperatures!
PLANTING TIPS FOR JUNE
There is no better time than now to finalise planning your summer garden. Good planning is vital for your gardening success and selecting the correct plants for each situation will also save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
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Although winter is not the best month to be planting, you can still plant the following in June:
Cool season varieties such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, beetroot, lettuce, turnips, Brussel sprouts, Oriental vegetables, celery, peas, spinach and leeks are still available as seedlings.
Lettuce is one of those vegetables that love the colder weather (i.e., 15C to 18C), so June is definitely the best time to plant!
Can be harvested 2 weeks after germination when the plant is about 10cm tall.
Can be harvested 28-35 days after germination.
Can be harvested at any time before the plant grows a central stem as this indicates that the plant is beginning to bolt and will become bitter in taste.
Even though the temperatures are plummeting, there are still a few seeds that can brave the cold. Look out for parsley, garlic and chives:
Summer rainfall regions: Sow herbs like mint. Transplant seedlings of oregano, parsley and sweet marjoram.
Dry summer, subtropical regions: Sow herbs like mint. Transplant seedlings of parsley.
Start preparing trenches for youngberries, loganberries and raspberries.
In winter you can still add colour to your garden by planting seedlings like pansies, violas, primula, primrose, calendula, stocks, sweat pea, gazania, bokbaai vygies, poppy, bellis, snapdragons and alyssum. Plan and prepare beds before you bring home your selection so you can pop them into the ground as soon as possible, planting hardy perennials now, as their roots keep on growing in winter and they will be well established by summer.
- Fruit Trees
Feeding & Spraying:
- Lawn: During winter it is very important that you get on top of your weed situation before they spread into new areas in your garden.
- Vegetables: Make sure you keep your winter vegetables well fertilised, feeding them with liquid fertiliser such as Wondersol All Purpose or Seagro every two weeks. These liquid fertilisers will help provide all the necessary nutrition your plants will need to grow fast and give you a solid harvest.
- Flowers: Deadhead and continue fertilising your flowers with a water-soluble fertiliser.
- Fruit trees: Fertilise citrus trees this month with 3:1:5 or 8:1:5. Spray with a winter strength lime sulphur solution when you have finished pruning and spray the surface of the soil around your trees lightly as well.
- Specific pests: Unfortunately it is not quite cold enough to get rid of all the pests, so keep the following in mind when tending to your garden.
🐌Watch out for snails eating new shoots, especially on emerging bulbs. Sprinkle some snail and slug bait pellets around.
🐜Tackle ants as soon as they appear, before they have a chance to breed and cause more damage.
🌲Keep spraying conifers with insecticide and continue to treat your conifers for aphids by regularly applying insecticide granules or a similar product around their roots.
Winter is here so make sure all your plants are properly covered and protected.
Other garden chores:
- Treat timber benches, furniture and decks by sanding them down and sealing them with a preservative.
- Check and repair fences, sheds and walls.
- Clean and repair garden tools and check that all your pruning gear is in good working order so you can prune your deciduous fruit trees and grape vines towards the end of June and into July.
- Get your lawnmower serviced. Ask them to sharpen your secateurs, long handled loppers and hedge clippers while you are at it.
- Store your hosepipe where it is protected from frost and bind water pipes with strips of hessian to protect them from freezing. Also, switch off your water feature pump or it may burn out if the water in your pond freezes.