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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Jobs for April in the garden

Watch our videos above on splitting and planting aloes.

There’s still lots of chores to do during lockdown to keep your garden looking gorgeous!

Feed citrus trees, aloes and succulents, watering when needed.

Deadhead roses, remove any diseased stems and add a little feed to the roots.

Prepare the soil by adding plenty of manure and compost.

Collect fallen leaves to add to your compost heap. If you haven’t made a compost heap simply put the leaves in a plastic sack, with holes made in the bottom, then sprinkle with water. After about a year the leaves will have rotted down into valuable leaf mulch providing a feed for the soil.

Look out for snails lurking under leaves or around rims of containers, and check plants for any other pests.

Add a mulch around trees and shrubs, making sure it isn’t touching the base of the plant.

Keep weeding, but, if possible, leave some seed heads for wildlife and birds.

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Water containers carefully so they don’t dry out and stay moist, not wet! If roots are visible through drainage holes the plant needs to be moved to a larger suitable container, and kept watered until established in its new home.

In the veggie garden dig up root crops, such as potatoes, beetroot and carrots, leaving out to dry in the sun before storing.

Any other veg can be harvested, leaving the plot to be dug over, weeds removed and compost added to enrich the soil and improve drainage. Cut off the stems of pea and bean plants, leaving just the roots, which are rich in nitrogen. Leafy vegetables that need plenty of nitrogen will thrive if planted in this area.

Once the soil is prepared you can plant winter lettuce, garlic, broad beans, onions and cabbages.
Mint, parsley, chives, rosemary, sage and thyme can also be planted now.

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Stay safe and keep busy!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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