Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Gardening jobs for December

Christmas is on its way! And it’s a busy time for everyone, planning get-togethers with family and friends and the holidays to look forward to

A few jobs in the garden now will ensure it looks fabulous for your visitors, and, if you are going away, will still be looking good when you return!

Very importantly, at the top of your ‘to do’ list is water for your garden plants, especially if you’re going away. 

Check any irrigation systems are working correctly. 

Dig out weeds from borders and the veggie patch, as weeds compete for water, and soon spread. 

After weeding, water the soil well and spread a good layer of mulch over the soil to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.

Don’t forget to top up bird baths, ponds and water features.

Peppers, Beetroot and Radish can ideally be planted now, as can Chillies, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Squashes and Melons. Herbs like Thyme, Parsley, Lavender, Chives, Coriander, Borage and Basil will grow happily if planted now.

A few flowering plants will give a splash of colour to the borders. Agapanthus, Osteopermums, Geraniums, Ageratums, Nicotiana and Alyssum are all water-wise and need little maintenance. Marigolds, both in your borders and vegetable plot are brilliant for colour and as a deterrent to pests.

Be on high alert for all garden pests, such as Whitefly, Caterpillars, Aphids and Snails! Spray a home-made mixture of garlic, chilli or washing up liquid mixed with water, to rid plants of Aphids and Whitefly. Use crushed egg shells or beer traps around plants to protect them from Snail attacks!

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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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