Gardening tips for October
October is the month of flowers! If you put in the hard work, your garden will be a magnificent show of blooms.
Here are some shortcuts so that you can still enjoy the month of blooms:
The good old-fashioned daisy bush that our grannies always had in their gardens has undergone a bit of a makeover. These new plants are short, compact, flower non-stop, and make any garden look like it has been loved and nurtured. All you have to do is make sure you cut off the old flowers close to the stem, and it’ll just keep on giving.
Sort out the hose
The heat is going to be turned up a notch or two, so get the hosepipe sorted. I have often seen hosepipes where most of the water disappears out of holes way before it reaches the nozzle. Save water where possible.
You have to mulch.This basically means putting down a layer of compost, leaves, bark chips or even stones on all bare patches of soil. Mulch traps the moisture in the soil, stops weeds from germinating, and also adds nutrition to the soil (except the stones, of course).
If you’re worried about your hands or nails:
1. Get a good pair of gardening gloves.
2. Take an old-fashioned cake of soap, warm it in the sun, and then attack it with your nails. The soap will get under your nails and form a protective layer.
Go and garden like a mad thing, and when you’re done you simply wash the soap away and your nails will still be clean.
Banana skins don’t belong in the bin. Scatter them around your veggies and herbs – they release potassium, which promotes flowering and fruiting. Happy gardening!