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August in the garden
We’re planting… Ranunculus Maché Mix’ If you missed the spring bulb planting deadline and now wish you had some spring colour, look out for the potted Ranunculus Maché mix. The orange, yellow and scarlet flowers stand out against the dark green foliage. This container-grown variety likes partial sun, regular watering and can also be kept indoors in good light. Plants grow 30cm high and 25cm wide.
Succulents for waterwise gardening … here’s the book you need to read!
From the towering, 20m tall baobab to miniature soil huggers just a few millimetres high, South Africa is home to a magnificent and diverse range of succulents. Field Guide to Succulents in Southern Africa is a user-friendly, comprehensive, and richly illustrated guide, featuring more than 700 succulents. Focusing on both the most interesting and the common, this guide is more than just an ID guide … it will be enormously helpful and inspirational for those who are turning to indigenous, low-maintenance, water-wise gardens. Available from Struik Publishers at R350.
Garden tasks for August:
• Increase watering to once a week for most plants and even twice a week for spring-flowering bulbs.
• Trim and tidy up ground-covers, cutting them back a bit to get rid of any stalky growth.
• Fertilise trees, shrubs, perennials and creepers, and follow-up with a thorough watering. Enrich the soil by digging in compost as deeply as possible. Shrubs can be shaped and dead or straggly growth removed.
• Kikuyu, LM or kweek can be scarified if there is a mat of thatchy, brown undergrowth. Use a steel rake to remove the dead growth. Then, cut it down as low as the lawn mower will go. Apply a lawn fertiliser (5:1:5) and water it in well.
• Cool season grasses like Shade Master, Kirchhoffs Evergreen, All Seasons Evergreen, Shade Over, and Kentucky Blue just need to be fertilised with lawn fertiliser at the end of August and watered well.
• Give deciduous fruit trees an application of 3:1:5 or 5:1:5 fertiliser and start watering more regularly.
Gardening guru, Tanya Visser, recently launched an online shop that has us coming back for more. From gardening tools you’ll dig to beautiful gifts for the gardener in your life, you can find just what your green fingers desire. Details: www.tanyavisser.com.
Garden World Spring Festival:
Topic: What effect do you want to create in the garden?
Date: 9 August
Join the DIY Garden Designer Team on Women’s Day for a fun-filled, experiential demonstration on how to combine different plant forms, shapes, colours and textures to create a planting framework that brings the wow factor into your garden and zones your plants according to their water requirements.
Cost: R150 per person covers the demonstration, refreshments and prize giveaways.
Topic: Growing edible flowers in your spring garden
Date: 26 August
Join Sandy Roberts for her talk on growing edible flowers in your spring garden with recipes and delicious samples to taste.
Cost: R100 per person covers the talk, a goodie bag, refreshments and prize giveaways.
Topic: In tune with Nature
Date: 26 August
Join MayFord Seeds for a delightful afternoon laced with good gardening advice from our favourite gardening editor, Tanya Visser, paired with heavenly music and song brought to you by well-known conductor, Richard Cock.
Cost: R100 per person covers the event, a goodie bag, refreshments and prize giveaways.
Booking is essential for all the above events. Call 011 957 2545 or visit www.gardenworld.co.za.
Get it JHB West – August 2017