November and December is the time of the year when you need to get your garden and patio party ready. Entertaining outside is such a part of the South African way of life especially during the summer holiday season.
There are a few things to stay on top of to keep your garden looking fabulous. Have a look at your patio or entrance and plan a quick blitz to spruce them up.
Grow something different
Sometimes the best way to make your garden stand out and feel different is to plant something different. One tend to go for the favourites all the time but shaking it up is a quick way to revive interest. One of our, what about one of these is Frangipani. A tropical small tree, Frangipani grows extremely well in a container on the patio or in a protected spot. The flowers have a sweet fragrance and can cover the plant through the summer hot months.
Feed the garden
With the heat and only a couple of thundershowers we have certainly seen the gardens lose their lustre. We recommend that you feed now to boost growth and restore colour befor the summer heat really sets in over December.
Our top selling fertiliser Bio Ganic is an 100% organic and environmentally friendly fertiliser. Safely used throughout the garden. Apply across the bed or as a boost per shrub. For veggies or herbs the higher nitrogen levels promote good growth and as an organic using Bio Ganic will lead to better tasting edibles too.
Grow a berry
fabulous tasting home grown berries rule! Blueberries are among the easiest fruits to grow organically and they produce abundant fruit. You can grow a blueberry bush almost anywhere. Boost your immune system naturally by eating them ripe and fresh!
They prefer a slightly more acid soil and can also be grown in containers to limit their size. They are extremely low maintenance and if left unchecked could easily end up as an impenetrable hedge, which could be a good security feature if planted up against a boundary wall. Tolerant of heat Blueberries are also extremely hardy against our local cold winters. Plant them in a full sun spot with well drained soil and liberal composting to get them established.
Plant a Gardenia
Gardenias have long been one of our favourites with their striking white fragrant flowers and glossy leaves. Grow them in part shade in the garden or in containers close to the patio.
Gardenias don't like being moved once they're planted, so choose your site wisely. Make sure the soil you plant your Gardenias in is very well conditioned. Gardenias also prefer a slightly acid soil when planting use acid compost into the soil to hold moisture and improve the acidity. Feed the Gardenia every 3 weeks with an azalea food and twice a year apply Trelmix which will correct the yellowing of the leaves from a lack of iron.
Be on the lookout
Its summer bug time and the three most prevalent in our local area are the Mole crickets, Clivia worm and Christmas beetles.
Mole crickets are identified by a rolling sound they make at night, the damage to lawns is visible by the lawn becoming loose and thin in patches as they burrow just beneath the surface. Clivia worm attacks the Clivia leaves this time of the year by burrowing through the leaf all the way into the base of the plant and it can kill your plants. The Christmas beetle eats lace like holes into the leaves of Roses, Fuchsias and Arums. They only come out in the early evening and can make your plants look quite unsightly.
Because of the nature if these bugs we recommend using a systemic insecticide – Efekto Plant Protector, as this goes into the plant with a residual of a few months.