Keeping your garden well fed and nourished is essential to help you grow healthy and thriving plants.
Happy, healthy, well nourished plants are more resistant to pests, diseases, heat stress and frost.
Fertilising the garden is easy to do, but you need to apply the right fertiliser for your plants at the right time of the year.
What is the best fertiliser to use and when?
Winter is a wonderful time for growing veggies and fragrant flowers. Give the garden a good old prune and tidy up ready for spring. Here is your Winter Fertilising Guide for the cooler months in order to prepare your garden for spring.
Vegetables & Herbs:
Prune back asparagus fronds to ground level and apply Munash Organics Rockdust over the soil. Apply a good layer of mulch.
Prune roses and fruit trees and apply 100g of Neutrog Seamungus per plant on the root zone. This will help prepare the roots for growing in spring.
Winter is the best season to plant bare rooted fruit trees. Apply Munash Organics Rockdust to the soil a month in advance of planting. Dig the hole to two spades depth and make sure the soil is turned and loosened. Water in the trees with Neutrog GOGO Juice – your newly planted fruit trees will thank you for it.
Fertilise grapevines with Neutrog Sudden Impact for Roses towards the end of July. The potassium in the fertiliser will help you get an abundant crop of grapes.
Get the garden fork out and aerate the lawn to remove any of the broadleaf weeds like capeweed before they flower.
Apply a top dress of Neutrog Seamungus crumble to improve root growth over the winter period.
Move your plants into a brighter spot so they can access more sunlight – keep away from windows though as this can lead to cold damage and/or sunburn.
If you notice your plant leaves curling and dying or developing brown edges or spots on the leaves it most likely will be from exposure to heating. Look to where you can move the plants to escape being in the crossfire of central heating ducts. A quick remedy is to place a tray of water underneath and let the plants sit on top of a layer of pebbles in the tray. This will create tropical-like humid conditions for them, which should balance out the situation.
Spritzing the leaves with Munash Organics Indoor Plant Spray will provide much needed nutrients to the plant and keep it looking lovely and healthy.
Reduce the frequency of watering because plants are not actively growing during the cooler months of winter. Spread a fine layer of Munash Organics Indoor Plant food every month will keep your indoor plants happy over winter.
Common pests on winter veggies are caterpillars and aphids. Caterpillars love chewing on leaves and also broccoli and cauliflower heads. To control caterpillars use Yates Caterpillar Killer, it is approved for use in organic gardening and will only affect caterpillars.
Aphids are tiny insects that cluster under leaves and amongst stems. They are green, grey, brown or black and can deplete plants if they are in large numbers. One tell tale sign that you have aphids is yellowing of the leaf . To control aphids, spray your plants with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray that is approved for use in organic gardening. It will control soft-bodied insects like aphids whitefly, mites and thrips.