If you live in Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga or Limpopo, here are some spring tips for your inland garden…

Get ready for rain

With the rainy season upon us, ensure that your rainwater harvesting systems are set up and connected correctly.  

Clean out your gutters to ensure proper water run-off and to make sure that your collected rainwater is as clean as possible.

Plant herbs

Get your summer herb garden planted with these easy to grow summer herbs: thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, basil, rocket, parsley and mint.

Plant summer-flowering bulbs

  • Arum Lilies and Calla Lilies (coloured Zantedeschia hybrids). Plant your Zantedeschia bulbs at the beginning of spring, around four to five centimetres deep. Space bulbs 30 to 40 centimetres apart, because Zantedeschia has wide-reaching leaves and needs space. Choose a location that is in full sun but stays cool. Don’t plant in very dry soil.
  • It’s the year of the Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata). These colourful, spiky, daisy-like flowers bloom from midsummer right through the first frost. Select a planting site with full sun as they will bloom more with six to eight hours of direct sunlight. They love the morning sunlight best. Choose a location with a bit of protection from the wind. Dahlias thrive in rich, well-drained slightly acidic soil.

Source: www.lifeisagarden.co.za

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