Here are all the gardening tips you’ll need for June, from the garden experts at Starke Ayres, West Coast Village.
• Birds have a tough time in the winter months. Those that do not migrate will spend the long winter months hunkered down, relying on the food they’ve hidden during the warm months and scavenging for the rest. Our interaction can help these birds year-round. Available from the Monoceros range is a wide selection of suet ball applications to suit your garden.
• In winter all Proteaceae spp, Leucadendron spp, Leucospermum spp and Erica spp. start flowering. Plant these endemic fynbos beauties in Arnelia Premium Potting and planting mix giving them the best qualities to thrive in your garden.
• Many Aloes and succulents flower in early winter and it offers the perfect opportunity to select them from our Garden Centre whilst in bloom. Aloes can be susceptible to Aloe cancer. To prevent this use Koinor, a systemic insecticide.
• Add a touch of indoor glamour to your lounge or dining room, by introducing a Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf fig) to your indoor plant selection. Place it in a brightly lit spot without direct sunlight. Feed your indoor plants with a water-soluble odourless fertiliser such as Starke Ayres Nutrisol.
• Stake and tie up Sweet peas that need supporting. Keep feeding with fertilizers high in Potassium to promote flower formation, such as Talborne 3:1:5.
• You can select from our range of deciduous fruit trees to plant out during their Winter dormancy. Plums, apples, peaches, almonds, pears, figs, pomegranates and apricots are just a few you can choose from. Transplant them in a well prepared composted hole with Starke Ayres Sterilised Bonemeal and Talborne 6:3:4.
• Rake up leaves and add them to the compost heap. Use Efekto Compost Activator to accelerate decomposition or the activating agent of the Bokashi composting system.
• Rose care for June – No more fertilising is necessary. Spray fortnightly against black spot with Kombat Fungi Rid or Rose Protector and keep on removing dead blooms.
• Plant citrus. Citrus grow in most soil types, but prefer well-drained conditions with plenty of compost added to the planting hole. Full sun and adequate growing space is important. Feed with a slow release liquid organic fertiliser such as Gorganic which contains macro and micronutrients. Planting with Zeolite enriched planting discs helps with healthy root development and additional water retention properties.
Starke Ayres, West Coast Village
Tel: 021 554 8450/1
FREE TALK, Orchids made easy
West Coast Village10 am – 11 am, 20th June 2018