Don’t let the cold keep you indoors: there’s plenty to do outside!!!
It will not only feel good to get outdoors, but some groundwork now will go a long way to brightening your garden for when spring and summer arrive.
For a burst of colour in late winter and spring
Plant and sow:
- Plant pansy and viola seedlings now in well composted beds – the rewards are a welcome splash of colour to warm up the winter blues.
- Sow the following seeds for colour in summer: alyssum, linaria, Shirley poppies, impatiens, vygies and calendulas.
- Winter veggies ready for planting are cabbages, leeks, peas, turnips, carrots, radishes, beans, broccoli, Swiss chard and Asian greens.
- There’s still time to plant lilium bulbs. Get them into the ground before the end of July.
- Feed all flowering plants with 3:1:5 to boost flower production.
- Water camellias and azaleas and deutzia regularly to prevent bud drop. Also remember to keep the soil around these plants well mulched.
- Feed spring and summer flowering bulbs with bulb food once every two weeks.
- Fertilise hydrangeas with an application of 3:1:5 and compost.
- It’s time to prune your roses. Aim to get your pruning done between the last two weeks of July and the first week of August.
- Prune and shape deciduous fruit trees like peaches, apples, pears and apricots. Spray with lime sulphur a few days later.
- Summer and autumn flowering climbers and shrubs like cassia, clematis, golden shower, barleria, ribbon bush, wild dagga also need pruning now
Indoor colour – Perfectly pretty primulas:
Primulas are excellent indoor potted plants for winter or spring blooms. They are commonly known as English primrose or common primrose and are the ideal way to add a bit of brightness and cheer to any living area.
Available in a variety of bright colours in single and double blooms, they are inexpensive, easy to grow and long flowering. The flowers grow in tight bunches and are ideal for any potted container.
Primulas needs plenty of light, but not direct sunlight and moderate to cool temperatures. Water regularly, as the plant prefers soil that is consistently moist, but not soggy. Fertilise with a liquid fertiliser during growth and flowering season.
Primroses are sturdy plants that seldom have any insect or disease problems, but it is always advisable to look out for them.
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