Clean up by pulling out dead plants and plants that have given their best like tomatoes, rocket and corn. Clean water features such as ponds and natural pools. Thin out plants if they are taking over and add all organic matter to the compost bin.

Harvest and save ripe seeds. Store in old envelopes or brown paper bags and label them with the name, colour and date.

Harvest herbs and dry out by hanging in cool shady place upside down.

Keep a look out for cutworms hiding underneath leaves. They are sometimes found more easily with a torch at night.

 

Start preparing beds for winter planting by feeding the soil with compost. It’s the time for root crops like beetroot, carrots, onions, radishes and parsnips. It’s also time to plant  leafy salad vegetables like lettuce and baby spinach. Other varieties to plant are peas, beans, kohlrabi, and spring onions, celery, spinach, pak choi, mizuna and mibuna.

Start preparing beds for winter planting by feeding the soil with compost. It’s the time for root crops like beetroot, carrots, onions, radishes and parsnips. It’s also time to plant  leafy salad vegetables like lettuce and baby spinach. Other varieties to plant are peas, beans, kohlrabi, and spring onions, celery, spinach, pak choi, mizuna and mibuna.

Add compost to all plants before the weather cools  to set plants in good stead for winter. Citrus trees will need regular feeding with compost and epsom salts if the leaves are yellowing. Top up on mulch to regulate temperatures especially while it’s still warm.

If you want to get your soil tested for deficiencies or monitor progress of improvement, now is a good time.

Thin out bulbous plants and replant.

Check roses and citrus trees for suckers growing below the main branches. Pull off by tugging downwards. This allows the main branches to grow without the competition of the suckers.

Take notes of how the summer season performed. What worked, what didn’t work.

Comprehensive food planting list for March :

  • Angelica seeds
  • Basil seeds 
  • Beetroott seeds
  • Broccoli seedlings
  • Brussels Sprouts seedlings
  • Cabbage seeds
  • Carrot seeds
  • Cauliflower seeds
  • Celeriac seeds
  • Celery seeds 
  • Chili/Hot Peppers seeds
  • Chinese Cabbage seeds
  • Chives seeds
  • Collards seeds 
  • Dill seeds
  • Endive seeds
  • French Tarragon seeds
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish seeds
  • Kale seeds
  • Kohlrabi seeds
  • Leek seeds
  • Lettuce seeds
  • Mint seeds
  • Mizuna seeds
  • Mustard Greens seeds
  • Onion seeds
  • Pak Choy seeds
  • Parsley seeds
  • Parsnip seeds
  • Potatoes
  • Radish seeds
  • Rocket seeds
  • Spinach seeds
  • Spring Onion seeds
  • Sunflower seedlings
  • Swedes/Rutabagas seeds
  • Sweet Marjoram seeds
  • Thyme seeds
  • Turnip seeds

References:
www.organic seeds.co.za
The A – Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa by Jack Hadfield

Written by Aimee Hoppe