January in the garden

Happy new year to all our gardeners! January is the first month of the New Year and the garden is still ablaze with colour, despite the heat. Let’s keep it looking good with some gardening tips from Schaffler’s.

Summer colour

Despite the blaze of colour in the garden and containers, some replanting needs to be done to replace tired or dead plants. Pop into the nursery and see what catches your fancy, whether they are colourful shrubs, perennials or annuals. There is a wonderful selection for both sun and shade. Come in and choose from:-

Roses, Gaura(butterfly bush), various Salvias, Dianthus, Gypsophilia for the sun and Bedding Begonias, Dragon Wing Begonias and various Impatiens for the shade. With love and care they will reward you through to Autumn. We also have a selection of quick fix annuals such as Marigolds, Petunias, Gazanias, Alyssum and many more.

Deadhead your plants to keep them neat and tidy and flowering for a longer period.

Vegetables and Herbs

Food always tastes better when home grown so come into the nursery and ask for advice on how to start or to maintain a food garden.

Pick ripe produce regularly to keep the vegetable garden producing even if it means having to freeze produce for later on.

We have got a good selection of veggies and herbs. Come in and be tempted by the unusual such as Watermelon, Gooseberries, Tomatoes, Egg Plants, Sweet Basil and many others.

Sow last plantings of bush and runner Beans now. Sow Carrots, Spinach and Rocket in small quantities regularly to stagger the harvest. Water well in dry spells.

Shrubs and Perennials

Hydrangeas will have to be deadheaded as most would have finished flowering.

Continue to deadhead shrubs and perennials such as Agapanthus, Fuchsias, Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender”, Day Lilies and others to keep them blooming for longer.

Now is a good time to top up your beds with mulch, remembering that Azaleas, Camellias and Gardenias prefer an acid compost/mulch.

The dreaded lily borer often makes its appearance at this time of the year so be extra watchful on your Clivia, Crinums and Agapanthus and treat as soon as spotted. Water regularly and deeply in dry weather.

Roses

Roses continue to give plenty of colour but need to be deadheaded regularly and fed with either an 8:1:5 or 5:1:5 fertiliser and watered deeply.

Spray with a cocktail as a preventative measure every two weeks against pests and diseases. Be on the lookout for Redspidermite and treat immediately.

Stake all std roses otherwise, the heads can snap off during one of the storms. Keep all roses mulched at all times.

Fruit Trees

Despite being late in the season, there are late season trees that need to be harvested regularly to keep them producing fruit. Remove fallen and rotten fruit from the ground around the fruit trees to prevent pests and diseases from appearing. Feed with a 3:1:5 fertiliser on a monthly basis and ensure that the trees are well watered in dry weather.

Lawns

So often the lawn is the focal point leading to other areas of the garden such as patios and pools and needs to be maintained.

  • Feed your lawn with a high nitrogen fertiliser every four to six weeks being careful not to over fertilise it.
  • When mowing, lift the blade so that the grass is not cut too short so as to expose the roots to the sun and burn them.
  • Cut your grass regularly and trim the edges so that grass does not grow into flower beds.
  • Problem areas in your lawn can be sorted out by using grass plugs which are available from our nursery.

Birds

Birds are an important part of the garden and should not be forgotten. Refresh bird baths and millstone with fresh water every day. Put out whatever food your birds enjoy, eg., birdseed, fuit, suet, peanuts and even peanut butter and cheese.

Don’t rake up fallen leaves in the flower beds. This is a natural mulch and birds such as Olive Thrushes and Cape Robins like to scratch under them for insects.

General Tasks

While still on holiday, brighten up your patios, balconies and indoors with hanging baskets and containers of colour such as Orchids, Kalanchoes, Chrysanthemums and others.

Stay on top of the weeds.

Hedges and topiaries need to be kept neat and tidy by trimming them.