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Wake up the garden!

The only way to grow the best is to feed your gardenGet you garden ready for summer entertaining and bring back some green. Even though the garden has not slowed down as much this past winter it’s time to wake it up and get it ready. Over the next week sort out the lawn, feed the beds and to add a generous layer of compost all round.

Plants grow right through the year and even though some may seem to be standing still their roots are always growing. It is important to feed all plants, even indigenous ones need to be fed to perform at their best. Plants need various nutrients to give their best, some more nitrogen for leaves and others more potassium for better flowering or fruiting. Which fertiliser should you be using on the lawns or the beds?

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Grow sum yum

It is time to plant the first crop!Growing your own food is very rewarding; our food court has been extended this year to give you even more choice. Get the kids involved, they eat what they grow easier than what you tell them to eat and it’s a great way to teach them about organic food as well as using water responsibly. This summer #GrowSumYum and let the Masterchef in your home play with the tastiest veggies on the block. It’s time to plant the first crop!

Every garden or balcony has a spot for some herbs or veggies. Besides the cost savings the taste is always better and it is so rewarding when you put a salad on the table that is truly home made.

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Grow your own food

Plant a grape vine near your patioPeaches and grapes are making a comeback in gardens as more and more gardeners what to grow something easy that can also add to the food basket. Peaches do very well in our area and even in a small garden. They don’t mind being kept small and still provide fruit.

Grapes are ideal to plant over an arch in the veggie garden or up the patio pillar to add a touch of Tuscany of the Cape to your entertainment area.

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Snip and tuck

Time to get the pruning gear outTime to prune and rather than a dreaded chore, with the right tools and correct information, pruning can be easy. Think of it as the cut-back that rejuvenates plants and prepares them for a summer of healthy growth, glorious blooms or fabulous fruit. Pruning is a bit of a mystery for most gardeners and yet it need not be.

July and early August is pruning time and not just the roses. It’s also time to cut back hydrangeas and fruit trees. Pruning brings light and sunshine into the garden warming the soil and stimulating growth from the roots in the ground up.

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