Décor & Gardening
In the garden
Indoor Pot Peppers will get your message across: there’s ‘Macho” (mmm…) ‘Hot Fajita’, ‘Cosmo’, ‘Red Tomato’ or ‘Golden Cayenne’. No garden, no problem. These Pot Peppers are meant for the kitchen window-sill, patio, or anywhere with bright light. They bear red, yellow or purple fruit in the pot and can be harvested when needed. All they need is moist soil but no over-watering. That’s a killer. The more fruit you pick the more fruit the plants produce. Best of all, you don’t need green fingers to grow them. Plants can stay in their original pot, and once all the fruit is picked, it is time for a new plant.
Rosy tip for February: When picking roses have a bucket half filled with water and put the blooms straight into the bucket. Once all the blooms have been picked, fill the bucket to the brim with water and store the roses in a cool, dark place like the garage for a few hours or at best overnight. This allows the stems to draw up the most amount of water.
Garden tasks for February
- Regular watering and mulch is a must if plants are to thrive through the heat of February.
- Take out plants that are looking tired and replace them with heat-tolerant marigolds, zinnia, bedding salvia, portulaca, lobelia, celosia, and dianthus
- Trim pelargoniums that have become straggly.
- Water the lawn regularly and in very hot weather set the mower so that the grass is higher to shade the roots.
- Water established plants deeply and less frequently so that their roots are encouraged to go deeper. This helps them become more heat and drought tolerant. The best times to water are early in the morning and late in the afternoon or evening.
- Veggies should be watered daily if it is hot and dry, especially salad crops and capsicums. Pick fast-maturing veggies every other day.
- If annual herbs have gone to seed, sow a new crop. Basil, rocket and coriander grow easily and quickly from seed.
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