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Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Gardening jobs for Spring

Gardening jobs for Spring !

It’s time to get busy and start preparing your outdoor space as Summer’s coming! A little green-fingered effort now will bring big rewards, so take stock now of what needs to be done. Just think of the beautiful plants and tasty veg that will be your reward later on.

Give your patio a good declutter and check out container plants. Do they need a top up of fresh compost, are they healthy? A good feed with liquid fertiliser will give them a boost. If you have a small garden plant herbs in containers or small pots hung on trellis. Tumbling Tom tomatoes, small variety cucumbers, chilli peppers and dwarf beans will all grow happily in hanging baskets, as will strawberries.
Place unwanted individual plastic seedling trays or pots in the bottom of large containers to add extra drainage. Planting seeds? Then recycle cardboard tubes from kitchen paper or toilet rolls to use as planters for seedlings. The seedlings can then be planted in the recycled containers. Grow plants to suit your soil type.
Sandy soil is ideal for hardy drought-tolerant plants like lavender and rosemary. Thick, poor draining clay soil suits eucalyptus, geraniums and hydrangeas. Create a mini bug hotel to control pests naturally. Shady corners are ideal – just leave a pile of wood or tough seems to attract beetles who will munch the slugs! Move any perennial shrubs that you feel are in the wrong place. Plant in a better position with plenty of compost and water well.
If you have a compost heap dig it out and spread over the borders to help retain any moisture. Incorporate plants with lots of nectar to attract bees, butterflies and hover flies. Try marigolds, gaillardias. Keep removing weeds regularly. It will be worth it in the long run! Fill gaps in borders with herbaceous perennials and plant up hanging baskets.
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Bring on Summer!!!

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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