WINTER PLANTING TIPS FOR SOUTH AFRICAN GARDENING COUPLES
July 02, 2017
The year is progressing at the speed of white light, and winter planting time is already here again! To get avid gardening couples inspired to sort out their gardens in the lead-up to the colder season, we’ve consulted with a few professional gardeners who gave us the lowdown on the basics you need to get in place to ensure summer crop success.
FAILING TO PREPARE IS PREPARING TO FAIL
One of the most important things to do is prepare your soil for the winter ahead. Remove any unwanted plants and weeds, and cut off seasonal plants like tomatoes and squash at their stalks, leaving the roots to decompose and add nitrogen to the soil. Next, mix organic compost into the ground two weeks before planting, level the soil and let it rest before you sow your seeds or plant your seedlings.
CHOOSE YOUR PLANTS CAREFULLY
Next comes the fun part – choosing your plants! Here is a link to some great South African planting calendars that will help you to select plants that are suitable for your region. Western and Southern Cape gardeners will benefit from crops like beetroot, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, leek, lettuce, parsley, potato, radish, swiss chard and turnip; while coastal gardeners fare well with bush bean, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, parsley, pepper, radish, squash, swiss chard, tomato, turnip. When in doubt, visit our local nursery and have a chat with the staff members there – they know your area, its soil types and the plants that will go the distance.
When laying out your garden, put the tallest plants in the south of the garden so they do not cast a shadow on other plants. Remember , like humans, plants require nutrition right through the year. Start off with Protek Garden Phosphate when planting to ensure good root development. Follow up with NutriGreen Flower Power to promote the activity of micro-organisms in the soil that break down plant nutrient elements into a form that is available for the plants absorption abilities. Regular fertilisation with organic fertiliser strengthens cell walls of the plant which in turn leads to less water required and a plant that is hardened to extreme temperatures.
NutriGreen fertiliser contains the three most important nutrient elements known as: Nitrogen (N), Phosphate (P) and Potassium (K). It also contains many important micro- elements that plants require for healthy growth such as Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn) and Barium (B) to name but a few. General organic fertiliser can be used in flower beds, herb- and vegetable gardens, lawns and is ideal for trees, shrubs, fruit- and flower bearing plants.
These are just a few winter-time planting tips to get gardening couples inspired for the busy transitional season ahead. Keep your eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more tips on growing a beautiful garden with the one you love.