“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë
Cooler mornings and evenings herald the coming of autumn, which many South Africans welcome with open arms after the sweltering summer months. The time has also come to prep your garden for the frostier months.
Here are some handy tips for winter and spring to ensure your garden is popping with colour:
Choose plants that don’t require frequent watering as this can cause frostbite. Water on plants don’t evaporate as fast as it does in summer which then freezes during the night. Frostbite can be catastrophic for a young plant.
Colour your life (and garden)
Winter can be pretty drab but it doesn’t have to be! Bright flowers such as gazanias, will attract pollinators throughout the season to ensure your garden is bursting with splashes of colour. Gazanias in particular work well as ground cover and they tend to start trailing, which makes them a good choice for flower baskets on the patio.
Prep flowerbeds for summer
Work generous amount of compost and superphosphate into your flower beds so that plants can enjoy good hibernation and spring into bloom in summer. Flowers and plants such as sweet peas, poppies and foxgloves can be planted now. Good seedling mix will ensure beautiful, strong plants.
You don’t have to plant just flowers in winter to liven up your outdoor space as some veggies also thrive in autumn. You can plant peas, broad beans, carrots and radishes. For an organic, pesticide-free crop, remember to sow nasturtium seeds between your veggies. This keeps aphids away.
If you’d like a lush lawn, sow seeds for grass in shady areas. Evergreen options will prosper. For an already established lawn, feed it with 2:3:2 fertilizer to encourage root growth.
Do you have any tips for a flourishing winter garden?
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