Lifestyle Home Garden is proud to be associated with Starke Ayres quality products. We share some tips and tricks on getting a Spring garden ready.
Sowing Seeds successfully – Gardening is Growing
Many of us are still working from home, and the pros are numerous – increased productivity, less time wasted commuting, lower stress levels and a greater balance between office and family life. On the flipside, there’s the danger of the workday which never ends because your office is right there, in the heart of your home – always beckoning you to check for emails, complete one last document.
The solution: escape to your garden! But, don’t just sit there, get your hands dirty; sow seeds, plant seedlings, feed flowers, fruit trees and lawns and you’ll soon be taking regular healthy breaks from your desk to check on the progress – it’s addictive in the best possible way. Now that spring is around the corner, you’ve got an ideal opportunity to sow and plant in time to take advantage of the summer rains and bask in the glory of your garden’s summer time show.
TIPS FOR VEGETABLE GROWING:
- Soil needs to be well-worked, raked through and free of debris, which could hamper the development of roots. Root crops enjoy a more sandy soil as this is
best for their development, clay soils in your garden could hinder the development of bulbs and roots, as it is more compact.
- Use Starke Ayres Bonemeal, which is an organic root stimulant in the soil mixture and a sprinkling of Starke Ayres Nutrifeed on the surface at planting to ensure success.
- Root crops enjoy sunny positions or areas which receive a lot of light. Plants should be kept moist during the germination period. Feed with Starke Ayres Nutrifeed during the growing phase.
SEEDS TO SOW
Sow any of Starke Ayres “Warm or Cool Season” lawn grass seeds – it germinates easily, helped by summer rainfall, and provides a lush surface for those sunny summer days.
Gardener’s tip: 1 x 30dm³ bag of lawn dressing usually covers 6 – 8m²
Starke Ayres Water Saving Flower Mix is ideal for water-wise gardens and Bee Friendly Flower Mix is ideal for attracting bees to your summer garden. Improve your germination rate by using Palm peat to help retain moisture in the sowing beds. You can also sow: Alyssums, Asters, Impatiens, Marigolds and Portulacas and Zinnias are always good bets too.
This is the time to sow summer veggies such as beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, squashes, tomatoes, and watermelons. If you’ve grown chives and garlic chives, divide them and replant in pots using fresh potting soil – place these on your kitchen windowsill for easy access when cooking.
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