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Gardening with Keith Kirsten book launch on 24 September

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Are you out of ideas on what to read? Well, we have the perfect solution for you. Keith Kirsten is launching his new book which is fully revised and updated to suit the climate changes happening globally.

Heritage Day on the 24 September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth and diversity of our nation. Alongside that, a living heritage, which include cultural tradition, indigenous knowledge systems and the holistic approach to nature, society and social relationships. What better way to celebrate heritage day than to attend Keith's book launch.

Apart from some one-on-one gardening tips with Keith, you’ll get a personalised signed copy of his book, which you can leaf through at leisure. But that's not all! With Keith, there is always something green up his sleeve - Buy a ticket before 17 September and get 1 ticket free Click Here for a sneak preview.

Tickets are on sale now for R350.00 each. (free tickets do not include the book)- so grab your tickets while they are ripe for the picking! For any more info please call Sandra on 011 317 0903 or email office@keithkirsten.co.za

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What to do in your garden in September

September is always a lovely month as it closes the end of the cold season and the start of a new one with new shoots, new roots and bird activity at your doorstep. There are lots of things to do in your garden this month as we prepare our beds for spring and summer. Most of all - remember, remember to mulch in Spetember.

  1. Collect seeds from Namaqualand daisies and Linaria – spring flowering plants
  2. Fertilise the garden using a slow-release organic fertiliser (wonder 3:2:1). A high potassium fertiliser should be applied on the flowering plants and a high nitrogen fertiliser on leafy plants
  3. Fertilise Hydrangea’s using Hydrangea food.
  4. Fertilise your lawn with 2:3:4 or 3:1:5 to encourage strong root growth. Fill in the gaps by planting plugs of grass.
  5. Clean gutters in preparation for the summer rains.
  6. Kill weeds on the paving by pouring boiling water onto them.
  7. Plant aquatic plants in ponds and re-pot overgrown water plants.
  8. Divide ornamental grasses.
  9. Pinch out about a third of the new shoots on roses. Feed and apply preventative fungicide for fungal outbreaks. Watch out for thrips and aphids on young growth and bollworm on buds.
  10. Harvest late winter vegetables such as Cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
  11. Deadhead your pansies and violas to encourage flowering through to November.
  12. Plant trees and shrubs to attract birds and butterflies.
  13. Fever trees, blossom trees and forest elders are examples of trees that can beautify your garden.
  14. September is the flowering time for bush lilies (Clivia miniata) which bring spectacular colour in shady areas and are water-wise too.
  15. Spend much time in feeding your plants as they push out their new growth.

What to plant and where to buy it

Flowers and Herbs

Although spring has sprung and cerain trees and flowers have started to blossom early this year - there are still some winter annuals (such as Pansies and Violas), that you can plant in your garden (in shady areas). Its also time to start planting your summer annuals such as Zinnias, Marigolds, Petunias (a noce one is the Vista Bubblegum) and Begonias.

Herbs are a must for any season but its a great time to start sowing seeds of basil, coriander, Borage and Rocket. These are on special until the 17 September at our Waterfall Wilds Centre. Other vegetable to plant this month are green peppers, beans, tomatoes, aubergines, garlic chives, artemesia parsley and seed potatoes. When planting, remember to do so in a well composted soil to the depth of the seedling tray they are in and water frequently.

Perennials like Gaura So White and Gaura Rosa Jane will add a beautiful sparkle of colour to your beds.

Lawn Maintenance

With water restrictions being implemented please ensure that you plant indigenous drought tolerant lawns which require less water to look good.

  1. LM (Berea) and Buffalo are more water wise as they are dormant in winter in summer-rainfall regions and don’t die off.
  2. Cool season grasses like shade over and shade-master they are excellent for shaded areas in the garden like under the trees and semi-shaded areas in the garden.
  3. All season’s evergreen and evergreen grasses grow well in full sun and partial shade. They stay green all year round and are frost hardy. Lawn dressing is not applicable to these grasses as it smothers them. The downside of this type of grass is that it requires more watering all year round.

Water-wise and Warm season lawn expamples

Kikuyu lawn – it spreads easily and grows best in full sun. If planted in shaded areas the blades should be kept longer at 5 – 7cm and 4cm in full sun

LM Berea – this is an indigenous creeping grass and is suitable for both full sun and semi-shaded areas. Maintain a mowing height of 6 – 8cm and it should be longer in the shade.

Bermuda (Cynodon transvaalensis hybrid) –a low maintenance fine textured creeping grass. Requires less water to survive and is suitable for sunny or shady positions in the garden. Maintain a mowing height of 4-6cm

Our own Buffalo grass variety – an indigenous course textured relatively drought tolerant grass. This is only available in plugs or runners. Grows well in full sun and semi-shade, requires a mowing height between 4-6cm.

Lawning and Lawn Care

Everybody wants to have a nice lawn - it's nice to look at and soft for your kids to play on. There are options for everyone to enjoy and some great tips on caring for your lawn

Seeds are cost effective takes longer to germinate and requires regular watering, Lawn plugs are affordable but labour intensive and require regular watering to promote growth and Instant lawn costs alot but is less labour intensive, it also grows quickly and requires initial watering just after planting.

Mow once a week and less when it’s very hot or dry. Water established lawns once or twice a week depending on the weather. To save water ,water deeply and infrequently. Fertilise every three months with 5:1:5 (44) (SR) or 3:1:5 (26) to promote disease resistance and root growth Remove weeds by hand pulling out the roots, sharpen lawn mower blades and remove old dead grass by cutting the lawn on the lowest setting - remember not to fertilise until new growth starts.

Garden Events in September

There are two wonderful garden events coming up this month and one public holiday, and we wouldn’t want to miss either of them. Neither should you!

Gardening with Keith Kirsten Book Launch, September 24th

The fourth edition of this popular title has been given a completely new look, but it remains the practical illustrated guide that is a must-have for all gardeners. The text has been updated to incorporate more indigenous species, locally bred hybrids, and waterwise plants, in keeping with changing trends that recognize the importance of gardening in harmony with the natural environment. Be prepared to make some changes to your gardening habits. Buy your tickets here