So autumn has arrived and the mornings and evenings are going to become a little more chilly. During the hot days, there is still a lot to do in the garden to prepare for the winter ahead. That’s why we’re giving you the low down on you March Gardening To-Do-List.

Garden To-Do-List

It’s time to lift and divide the summer flowering plants in your garden. Be sure to add nutrients to the soil by adding compost, and water the soil properly.

Prepare the beds of your garden for winter by adding a thick layer of compost and by 2:3:2 fertiliser.

The best time to sow evergreen and shade lawn, is the end of March.

Feed lawns, trees, fynbos, proteas, palms and ferns with 8:1:5 fertiliser.

Use 3:1:5 fertiliser for your roses, flower beds, shrubs and succulents.

What to Plant

The perennials in flower in our nursery at the moment are sure to add some colour to your garden this autumn.

The following plants are ready for planting:

  • Cosmos
  • Petunias
  • Lobelias
  • Salvias
  • Sweet peas
  • Hollyhock
  • Primulas
  • Calendulas
  • Snapdragons
  • Pansies

What to Sow

The plants that you need to get sowing for March are:

Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onions, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Carrots, Peas.

Herbs: Chives, Parsley, Mustard, Rocket

Lawn: Evergreen and shade lawn seed are great to sow at the end of March.

The Veggie Garden

  • Strawberries need to be divided during this time, and composted well in their beds or pots.
  • For your frost vulnerable plants, be sure to harvest from them now, before winter while their flavour is still powerful. You can also freeze and preserve some of your harvest for winter soups and other meals.

Bulbs to Plant

  • Winter and spring-flowering bulbs should be sown now, so visit us to grab some of your favourite and hit the soil!

Our indigenous favourites that need planting now are:

  • Freesias
  • Babianas
  • Sparaxis
  • Ornithogalum
  • Ixias
  • Chasmanthe
  • Lachenalia
  • By adding compost and bonemeal to your soil, you can prepare your soil for the bulbs you eagerly want to plant. Drainage is essential, so be sure to add some riversand if your soil has a clay-like feature.
  • Once you have planted your bulbs, cover them with a layer of mulch and water  them thoroughly every 4 – 5 days.
  • Once your bulbs have gone dormant for the winter, you might seem to lose them when you replant in the summer time. Be sure to mark the area where your summer-flowering bulbs are planted so that you don’t dig them up later.