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What to do in your garden in November

November is the time of year where everything is hot and dry, even though in theory its Johannesburg’s rainy season – more like heat-wave season. It’s also the perfect time to plan and plant your fruits, vegetables and prep your garden for your winter flowering plants too.

  1. Water all vegetables regularly and feed every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer.
  2. Always pull weeds out of your garden beds and never let them go to seed. Feed your beds with a general fertiliser, water well afterwards and mulch with bark chips for water retention.
  3. Use an organic weed killer.
  4. Feed and mulch Cannas, Agapanthus and Amaryllis well and water deeply at least once a week.
  5. Pamper your lawn with with Wonder 7:1:3 (15) + C (8) SR and LAN as well as mowing and watering.
  6. Water lawns early in the morning to prevent fungal diseases. Mow regularly with the lawnmower set on highest setting on seeded lawns. Longer grass blades produce more food and shade the roots.
  7. Pinch back new shoots on shrubs that have been pruned to encourage more compact and bushier growth.
  8. Tie Dahlia’s to their stakes and remove the first buds. Water the plants regularly and hose down the foliage, feed and mulch.
  9. Lift and divide irises after they have finished flowering. After the foliage of spring bulbs has died down, lift them and dust them with sulphur before storing them.
  10. Mulch all the plants in the garden
  11. Feed summer flowering annuals, fuschias, bulbs and perennials
  12. Water Hydrangeas well and give them thick mulch. Feed regularly with Wonder Shake ‘n Grow Hydrangea in Blue or Pink
  13. Feed flowering shrubs with 3:1:5 or Bio Ganic All Purpose once a month.
  14. Prune spring flowering climbers and deciduous spring flowering shrubs
  15. Spray Roses and fruit trees regularly
  16. Deadhead roses regularly and water two or three times a week.
  17. Continue to feed roses and spray for black spot and in hot dry areas check for red spider mites.
  18. Recycle water by harvesting rainwater and reusing household water.

What to plant and where to buy it

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It’s a beautiful time of year to be busy in the garden and there are so many options to choose from on creating your natural sanctuary.

Start by planting indigenous trees that flower this time of year eg. Lemon tree, Cape Chestnut or the Pompon tree. The Wild Pomegranate is a wonderful option too. Then move onto splashing colour all over with your flowering perennials and summer annuals.

Garden Beds

Flowering perennials such as Begonias (shade) ,bergenias, blue daisies, carnations, catmint, columbines or coral bells, to mention only a few; will spoil you with their radiance for many years to come.

Select your quick maturing summer annuals like Alyssum, Balsams, Candytufts, Impatiens, Marigolds, Portulacaria and Petunias and find a place where you can always enjoy a fresh selection each year.

Towards the end of November, it’s also a good time to sow seeds of winter-flowering annuals Anemones, English Daisies, Ornamental Kale, Fairy Primula and Ranunculi, a great way to keep your garden filled with colour and life all year round.

Veggie Patch

Some of our best meals come from the ingredients we grow in our gardens. Plant your vegetables such as beans, beetroot, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, squashes, peppers and marrows. They’re all fairly easy to grow, yet the more you love and pamper them, the better they’ll be for you. Interplant your vegetable garden with lots of Marigold and Rosemary to protect your garden from insects.

For your fruit garden feed bananas, strawberries and citrus trees with an organic fertiliser 3:1:5 and keep the fruit off the ground and use dry thatch to deter snails and millipedes.

Now is the time to really go all out and fill your garden with beauty and soul. Make the most of this season and get your garden thriving.

All these wonderful plants are available at Keith Kirsten Waterfall Wilds, leading garden centres and retails shops.