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Gardening in February

Gardening in FebruaryFebruary in the Cape is always very hot! Its hot in the morning, sweltering by mid afternoon and stays that way until its too dark to do anything constructive in the garden. Temperatures have been know to reach up to 40 C, although the average is in the low to mid thirties. Today is one such day – it is 34 C, no wind or breeze to speak of and it is uncomfortably hot, even in my shady areas. So today I have the time … but very little enthusiasm to spend time digging, weeding or anything garden related that requires “work”.

So I’ve decided that for today to I’ll confine my gardening activities to ” list making”.

According to all my books and magazines I have, in the Western Cape of South Africa we are supposed to be doing the following…

– Start sowing seeds of all sorts of annuals and bi-ennials (not going to do that – I prefer to buy seedlings)
– Bulb planting season starts soon – Start buying bulbs such as anemones and ranunculus and store until March (Yay! Shopping …)
– Cut back Hydrangeas and other shrubs after they have flowered
– Continue feeding the lawn with 3:2:1, once a month (oops, forgot to do that – better do it soon)
– Spray regularly against pests and diseases
– Water well during hot dry weather, especially azaleas and camellias

It seems that is all I am “supposed” to be doing in my garden in February. Then I’m not doing to badly, apart from forgetting to fertilise the lawn, I’m doing all the above.

Here’s my additions:

– The Hadedas destroyed my bed of Impatiens. They trampled them to death and all that’s left is a mess. So I need to go and get more and start all over again. And how can I protect them from the Hadedas?

Happy gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

3 replies on “Gardening in February”

I see we have a new visitor from the USA! Wellcome. Yes, we are having some really hot days and my gardening is sort of like a farming garden with chickens and a big vegetable patch, so keeping it well watered is my biggest chore. I am not doing half of what I should be doing. It looks like I better get my list of things to do in the garden done.

Hi Barbs, even with my automated watering system, there are parts of the garden that are scorched by late afternoon so I am having to hand water too. I can’t run the watering system manually because that would be wasteful as the heavily shaded areas are doing fine, so watering them twice a day would just be a total waste. so its me and the watering can doing damage control …

This heat is really sapping all my energy right now – by the time I feel like doing anything constructive in the garden its much too dark! Oh well … the garden will survive until cooler days return.

Hope you, Hannes, Micro & the girls are keeping cool and happy 🙂

Came here and read of your warm weather. It is freezing here in Alabama. I love to read about gardening around the world. So glad I found you! Sounds like you will be busy with garden prep. Everything is a frozen mess in my part of the world. I am jealous!

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