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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

April Gardening

It’s so important, with everything going on around us at the moment, to be able to get out in the garden. Not only is it beneficial to your health and well-being to be in the fresh air it’s also very therapeutic and relaxing.

April is quite a busy month in the garden, in preparation for the Autumn/Winter season.

Prepare to soil for future plantings by adding as much compost, manure and organic matter as you can. This will nourish the soil ready for future plantings.

Remember to continue watering containers so the soil doesn’t dry out. Give the container plants a feed to boost them before Winter, avoiding fertilisers with high nitrogen content as this will encourage new growth that won’t survive the Winter months.

Gather any fallen leaves to put in the compost or, alternatively, store in large plastic bags to decompose down to be used, in about a year, as a good, rich mulch for your borders.
Prune evergreen hedges, summer-flowering shrubs and over-grown climbers.
Keep on top of any weeding. They never stop growing!

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Clear fallen leaves and rotten fruit from under fruit trees to discourage rose beetles and fruit fly from breeding and over-wintering there. Loosen the soil around the base of the trees, and spread a layer of organic mulch around, making sure it isn’t too close to the trunk of the tree.

Feed Azaleas, Camellias and tea bushes. Mulch with compost and keep well watered to avoid bud-drop.
Split large clumps of Watsonias, Wild garlic, Dietes (wild iris) and Agapanthus. Then replant in a fresh position.

Divide over-crowded perennials such as Gaura, perennial lobelia and Phlox.

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April is a good month to transplant trees and shrubs into a new prepared spot. Add compost and fertiliser to the hole, and water well before replanting the tree or shrub.

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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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