Winter is definitely here, and we have been experiencing some icy mornings. Just because it’s cold, it doesn’t mean that we can’t plant fruit and veggies. We are fortunate to have beautiful Winter days with clear skies and warmth in the sunlight.
This time of year is the best time to plant new rose bushes or transplant existing ones. This will give them enough time to settle before blooming again in Autumn. Pansies also flower well during Winter and into Spring. These make ideal bedding plants and will brighten up your flower beds. Proteas usually flower between Winter and Spring; these are great to add to your garden. Winter flowering Aloes will add nectar feeding birds to your garden and add instant colour.
Watering your plants and garden is still necessary during the Winter months, but not needed as much as you would during the warmer months. Water your lawn and gardens in the morning to allow for the leaves and soil to dry before the evening when the water temperature drops. If seedlings have been frosted overnight, water them before the warmth of the sun reaches them, so they can thaw out slowly.
Here is a list of vegetables that are suitable to plant in KZN Winters:
Kale, onions, microgreens, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas, radishes, broad beans, beetroot, peas, broccoli and lettuce
Here is a list of fruit and vegetables that are suitable to harvest in Winter (if you are lucky enough, and your seeds have been sowed in time):
Avocados, guavas, naartjies and grapefruit
Butternut, beetroot, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and cabbage
Don’t forget to feed your plants and lawns during Wintertime, other than Water they also need fertiliser and sunshine to thrive. We are lucky enough to get the beautiful Winter sun along the coast of KZN, enjoy the warmth while working in your gardens.