Gardening Through the last few months of Winter
Deal with your garden as we move through the last of the tough winter conditions to spring Although the South African winter is never quite as tough on our environment or gardens as it is in the colder regions, it is definitely different to summer. We have a few tips below to help you deal with your garden as we move through the last of the tough winter conditions to spring…
Treating your grass
The grass in South Africa is hardly ever exposed to snow but certain areas experience frost in the mornings and most areas are a lot drier too – this can cause grass to thin and wear. Ways to prevent your grass from looking worn out include; making sure no debris or leaves are left on the grass, this invites insects and blocks out the sun rays (in turn preventing photosynthesis from occurring). You should not need to mow the lawn during winter but if you do, try lowering the height a little – too much will cause the head of the plant to be exposed to the colder elements.
What vegetables should you plant?
Winter vegetables are great for a warm winter soup and the South African seasonal vegetables are all fairly easy to grow. Growing your own during winter can save you money and is definitely a healthier option too!
If you were prepared and read our autumn blog – you would have already planted winter vegetables such as winter cabbage, peas, beans, carrots, turnips, spinach, lettuce, broccoli and rocket in your vegetable garden. Not to worry if you missed this blog though – there are plenty of vegetables you can still grow, find South African Winter Vegetables here for winter.
Spring Clean Your Garden
Getting your garden ready for spring can be a big task, the work load normally increases along with the warmer temperatures. You will need to start by weeding (this will be tough for the dry winter climates as the weeds don’t come out as easily as they do in damper soil). Next, you can cut back any old leaves and trim trees or shrubs to make space for fresh ones. Lastly, remove any annual plants or vegetables (throw them on the compost heap to add to a lovely mulch mix next winter) and replace with the new season’s flowers and plants. Seasonal plants look great in hanging baskets or pots too.
Look out for our spring blog for tips on what to plant for summer.