Your November Gardening Guide
Summer is announcing its long-awaited arrival, days are warming up fast and the garden is absolutely and voluptuously bursting with new growth and colour!
- Spring rains have been intermittent and unpredictable and the garden needs to be watered more frequently as days get warmer. Keep in mind that Level 1 water restrictions are still in place in Johannesburg, which prohibits watering of gardens between 6am and 6pm from 1 September to 31 March. Prevention is better than cure.
- Spread a thick layer of mulch in all beds to retain moisture, keep soil temperature down and save water.
- Add water retention granules, peat, vermiculite, perlite or clay aggregate to baskets, containers and beds to reduce watering needs.
- Plants in containers and hanging baskets will need to be watered more regularly. The same applies to indoor plants.
- Weed the garden regularly to eliminate unnecessary competition for water.
- Invest in a rainwater tank or any suitable containers to harvest precious rain water for the garden.
Planting and Garden Care
Plant Hydrangeas now in beds and containers for a Christmas show. Mulch, keep them moist and feed regularly. They are perfect cut flowers for your Christmas table. Click |HERE| to learn more about growing and caring for your Hydrangeas
Get ready for the festive season and add instant colour to pots, baskets and beds around the garden and entertainment area with the wide range of summer annuals available now.
Agapanthus will start flowering now and what a wonderful selection we have available! Choose from new varieties, old favourites, dwarf Agapanthus and large, stunning variegated hybrids and new flower variations, to add to your beds and borders.
Water rose bushes deeply 3 times per week (approximately 15L per week) unless it rains sufficiently. Fertilise once a month with 3:1:5 or a balanced rose fertiliser. Remove all spent flowers. Click |HERE| to read our Rose Care Guide.
Water summer-flowering bulbs deeply twice a week and feed once a month with a balanced bulb food or 3:1: 5 fertiliser. Resist cutting back the green leaves of bulbs that have finished flowering. Rather allow them to die back naturally as they still provide energy to the bulb, which is stored for next season’s blooms.
Fynbos-type plants can be pruned now to stimulate new growth and promote abundant flowering next season. Click |HERE| to read more about caring for and growing Fynbos in your garden.
Keep an eye open for lily borer (a black caterpillar with yellow stripes) on lily-like plants such as Clivia, Agapanthus, Arums and Hemerocallis. Treat immediately. You can enquire at our inside information desk or Plant Doctor section for advice on what treatment to use.
Mow lawns weekly and feed once a month with 8:1:5 or a special lawn fertiliser. Water well in the early morning if it hasn’t rained. If possible, reduce your lawn space for a more water wise garden.
Remember to mulch, mulch and mulch!
In the Food Garden
Continue with successive plantings, in small quantities at three week intervals, of fast growing vegetables that you use often like lettuce, radish, Swiss chard, beans and cherry tomatoes. The same goes for annual herbs you love and use all the time like basil, coriander and parsley.
Regularly check plants for aphids, fungus and snails and treat with an appropriate organic pesticide if needed.
Check citrus trees for aphids, especially on the new growth. Spray fortnightly with an organic insecticide or aphicide. Click |HERE| to read our guide on growing and caring for your citrus.
Top up the mulch around vegetables and water early in the morning before it gets too hot. Feed monthly with a slow release organic fertiliser.
Don’t throw away leaves and peels of vegetables if you are not using them in your cooking. Add them to your bokashi bin or compost bin/heap.
Enjoy harvesting the first of your summer veg and continue to harvest to stimulate new production.
Now is the time to start planting berries to harvest in late summer or autumn. We have the following mouth-watering berry plants in the nursery at the moment: raspberry, blue berry, goose berry, black berry and tayberry (a cross between black berry and red raspberry). Cut back old canes of existing berries. Mulch and feed strawberries with an organic 3:1:5 fertiliser. Click |HERE| to read our blog about growing your own strawberries.
Take a Walk on The Wild Side
Birds will enjoy a little splash in a shallow birdbath during the heat of the day. It is also a source of drinking water for them. Keep it clean and filled up with fresh water.
Continue feeding our feathered friends. Lifestyle Home Garden has a large section dedicated to bird feeders and food of all kinds.
Provide shelter for beneficial insects and animals by installing a bug, bee, butterfly or bat hotel – or all of the above! – also available in our bird section. We even stock portable bee hives if you would like to try your hand at bee keeping.
Consider investing in plants that will provide food for and attract more wildlife to your garden.!
Good options available at the moment are:
Polygala myrtifolia (September Bush)
Coleonema pulchrum (Confetti Bush)
Carissa macrocarpa (Big Num-num)
Tecomaria capensis (Cape Honeysuckle)