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Spring Garden Planner: Gauteng, South Africa

Spring has arrived and this marks the third edition of the Seasonal Planner series! This planner is specifically crafted for the Gauteng (Highveld area) of South Africa!

Get the lowdown (or the highdown I suppose) on the Highveld Biome and Other South African Climates & Hardiness Zones here.

Spring Flowers Pink Bird Blue

1. Similar to the Autumn and Winter garden planners, it is always a good idea to clear out spent plants to make way for new growth:

  • Remove dead, damaged and diseased plants (the 3Ds)
    • Prune remaining healthy plants focusing on dead, damaged and distressed parts.

2. Fruit tree pruning time

3. The first round of fertilization is required to ensure strong growth during the the season while rain is plenty and it’s not too hot:

  • The soil requires nutrients for the plants and animals to thrive (especially the soil organisms). No soil food = no plant food = no human food!
    • Add a generous 10 – 20 cm of matured organic compost. If the compost smells bad, don’t add it as it has not broken down properly yet. That applies especially for manure based compost because it has far too much nitrogen and will likely burn remaining plants.
    • No compost? No problem, get yourself some organic slow-release fertilizer, I highly recommend Talborne Organic’s – Vita Fruit and Flower
    • Got Earthworm Juice? Good, chuck some of that black-gold on there too!
    • Read more about Compost, Soil Horizons and Conservation Agriculture here!

4. Pest tend to rather enjoy all the tender green shoots, thus it is important to remain vigilant regarding these:

5. I am quite aware of how tempting it is to start planting and sowing seeds, but I would strongly recommend holding out until the Spring Equinox (or about a week before). There are several reasons for this:

  • Firstly, it allows all the ground work (i.e., fertilizing and mulching) to settle and the soil organisms to start drawing in nutrient into the soil.
  • Secondly, plants that are sown/transplanted around the time of the Spring Equinox grow faster and are stronger (structurally and pest resistance-wise) than those planted earlier (such as August).
  • Thirdly, our rainy season officially starts in September and hopefully it would have rained enough for there to be a decent amount of built-up soil moisture to make it easier and less stressful for the seedlings to grow

That is it for the Spring Planner, in December you can checkout the next Summer Planner! You can find the Autumn and Winter planners ready for your viewing too! Also checkout the latest update on Seasonal Rainfall for 2020!




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