Our precious rain has been well worth waiting for! Despite the accompanying boom-bang-crashes that imbue our adored pets with terror, the rains have been good. Nothing on earth beats that greenest of green greens our gardens are bathed in after a shower nor the clean wet smell after a storm. We are blessed to live in one of the most gorgeous havens in South Africa. Making our gardens a paradise is far less daunting a task here than in other parts on South Africa. Take time to enjoy the calming green trees, shrubs and lawn. A brief meditation on these treasures may keep one grounded as we speed ahead into the coming silly season.
In the garden in November there is piles to do and top priority must be given to weeding. Pry the weeds from the soil before they can flower and set seed.
Mulch with coarse compost, nut shells, leaves or even old damp newspaper to help your plants deals with both heavy rainfall and the intermittent bursts of heat. Remember the hydrangeas prefer a pine needle mulch.
As their outstanding performance comes to an end the Rosa Albertines we have all enjoyed must be thinned out. Banksia roses, Cape May and Snowball bushes need some pruning.
This is an ideal time to break up a garlic clove and plant it. Garlic will also deter moles in the veggie patch. Also set to sowing ageratum, alyssum, aster, Canterbury bells, cleome, cornflower, cosmos, dahlia (bedding), dianthus, gypsophila, impatiens, lavatera, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, nigella, petunia, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, verbena and zinnia seeds for colour later on. Your vegetable garden is ready to nurture bean, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash, tomato and turnip from seed around now.