March in the garden

March in the garden

Western Cape

 

It is prime time for perennials like red hot pokers, grasses like Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’, pink muhly grass, Miscanthus and restios. More indigenous beauties to plant are plectranthus, honeysuckles, plumbagos, bush violets and ribbon bushes.

 

Hot tip: Although it is still too hot to plant bulbs from the northern hemisphere, you can start planting ixias, babianas and freesias at the end of the month in huge swathes. These endemic bulbs have the grace to ‘nationalise’ in the garden, which means they can just be left in the ground after flowering, to go dormant. You will see them again in full splendour in a future flowering season.

 

Lawn care: start mowing quick-growing runner-type lawns with the blades set lower. Gently rake to remove a possible thick thatch that might have formed. Spike lightly with a garden fork and fertilise with a lawn fertiliser high in potassium to strengthen into winter.

 

Sow: beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, Swiss chard, and turnips.

 

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