Spring is here, and it’s time to get back into the garden
It’s time to kick-start your gardening with this downloadable September planting calendar.
September is a busy month because so much happens during this beautiful time of the year. But don’t be fooled by its beauty. There is a lot of work to be done!
Planting/Sowing: It is time to put your summer planting plan into action. A new season brings with it new beginnings, so why not try something new?
|Vegetables 🍅||Cabbage, lettuce, capsicum (peppers), tomatoes, eggplants, rocket, baby spinach, artichokes|
|Herbs 🍃||Dill, chervil, organum, borage mustard, watercress, caraway, coriander, mints, penny royal, rosemary, fennel, basil, anise, mustard, basil, parsley|
|Fruit 🍓||Cape gooseberries, strawberries, watermelon|
|Flowers 🌺||Clivia, dahlias, coleus, petunia, begonia, alyssum|
|Trees 🌳||Kiggelaria Africana (wild peach) branches out wide and low, supplies deep shade and forms a dense neat crown. Dombeya rotundifolia (wild pear) is a fast-growing, hardy little indigenous tree that is always the harbinger of spring. Paperbark acacia, fever tree, blossom tree and the forest elder.|
|Spray for 🐌||Pests, snails & slugs, thrips on gladioli, citrus psylla on lemons, aphids, lilly borer, fruit fly|
Be water wise this month
With spring in the air, the garden is waking up and with the rains not quite on the horizon yet, your plants will be very thirsty. So, naturally, your amount of watering will increase with this season. However, with the current water restrictions, we need to try conserve every drop of water by engaging in all kinds of water-saving activities such as:
Mulches, Stones & Water-Retaining Granules: One way to conserve water would be to apply mulches and stepping stones around shrubs and roses to keep thirsty weeds at bay. For your indoor and outdoor containers, you can mix water-retaining granules into the soil to slow down the drying out process.
Low-Growing Ground Covers: If you have any bare patches in your garden, plant low-growing ground covers such as alyssum, phlox, lobelia, verbena, and even herbs like oregano and thyme to create a living mulch and to help limit wasteful evaporation.
Irrigation System/Water-Saving Attachments: Install an irrigation system or soaker-hoses for really efficient watering. If you don’t have the budget for an irrigation system, check out the range of sprayer and nozzle attachments available to help get your hand-held hose pipe watering working more efficiently.
Grouping: If you are in the midst of executing your summer garden plan, why not make a start at grouping your seedlings together in the garden according to their watering requirements? It will make watering easier and more efficient.