It’s 2022 and our monthly date with our very own gardening guru, Tanya Visser, still stands. Once a month, we will have the pleasure of engaging with and learning from Tanya as she goes live on the Builders Facebook page. She will cover a wide variety of gardening topics and will share the tips and tricks and the knowledge she has acquired over years. Set your reminders so that you don’t miss the upcoming Facebook lives.

17 February 2022 : Taking cuttings and sowing seeds.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Sowing seeds and transplanting germinated seeds
  • Explaining the information on seed packets
  • aking care of seedlings and possible problems

17 March 2022 : Pruning and preparation for autumn

Discussion topics will include:

  • Why and when to prune
  • What tools to use
  • Shaping of plants
  • Pruning types: rejuvenate/hard/deadheading/shaping
  • Autumn pruning: agapanthus, salvias, roses
  • Tool care

21 April: Bulbs and companions

Discussion topics will include:

  • Growing bulbs indoors in glass containers and display ideas
  • Best plant companions for bulbs in the garden.
  • Bulb care, how to plant in the garden and containers and fertilise them

19 May 2022: Winter prep

Discussion topics will include:

  • What to plant now, general winter maintenance, what happens and what is the consequence frosts.
  • A discussion on winter vegetables too.
  • Mulching and protecting the soil from cold.

23 June 2022: Take it indoors

Discussion topics will include:

  • With the colder months upon us, bring the outdoors inside.
  • Indoor plants for beginners to expert plant parents.
  • How to display indoor plants, requirements such as light conditions as well as general care and watering.
  • The big question – can succulents grow indoors?

21 July 2022: Fruit trees

Discussion topics will include:

  • General care of fruit trees, explaining stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, and plums) preferred for colder climates to Mediterranean fruit trees, citrus and olives.
  • Which fruits will grow in pots.
  • Conditions needed for each fruit type
  • Information on fertilising, pruning, harvesting and pests to look out for.
  • Grafting and why you should buy a tree and not grow from a pip.

18 Aug 2022: Spring is here!

Discussion topics will include:

  • Time to get your spring garden going.
  • A selection of spring annuals combined with perennials.
  • Watering times and zoning of plants.
  • How to prepare the soil before planting.
  • Fertilising needs of plants for the season.
  • Plant options for different soil types: coastal/inland/Cape/wind

22 Sept: Lawn care

  • Get your lawn ready for summer.
  • Different lawns for different areas.
  • Sowing lawn seed.
  • Common lawn problems, pests and weeds.
  • Equipment and lawnmower maintenance.
  • Edging options for tidier lawns.

20 Oct: Get set for Summer!

  • Spring is nearly over and it’s time to consider plants for summer.
  • Annuals and heat tolerant plants.
  • To prune or not to prune and possible pests in the garden.
  • Chat about summer edibles and how to get the best out of your vegetables.
  • Discuss mulching options for keeping plant roots cool. Bark, grass clippings and leaves.
  • A look at latest plants in fashion.

17 Nov: Holiday hacks for gardeners

  • Nifty ideas to spruce up any dull corner, quick fixes and revamping inspiration.
  • Ponds and pools
  • Entertainment areas
  • Containers
  • Pathways
  • Gutters and water harvesting options
  • Entrances
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