October is rose month and the perfect time to plant your heart out! Fill containers and beds with the queen of flowers and indulge in the robust variety on show at GCA Garden Centres now. While you’re there, don’t forget some rose food, compost, and potting soil.
Top 5 most irresistible roses to plant now
- Double Delight: Pointed, cream colour buds unfolding delicately into shades of scarlet.
- Just Joey: A hybrid apricot/orange blend tea rose with a seductively sweet scent.
- My Granny: A spreading shrub with full rosette blooms in shades of soft pink and white.
- South Africa: SA’s top performer with huge clusters of large, golden-yellow double blooms.
- Zulu Royal: Large, symmetrical blooms in deep mauve with a silver-lilac dust
- Natalie Douglas: Produces large, fully petalled solitary blooms on long, stiffly upright stems.
Did you know?
Some of our rose specialists Garden Centres offer a divine range of edible rose products including rose jam, vinegar, liqueur, and other food products. They use organic rose hips and red, super fragrant rose petals of ‘Mr. Lincoln’, ‘Ecstacy’, ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Red ‘n Fragrant’ locally grown. These roses give the distinct rose taste, fragrance and colour, which naturally occurs by stewing the petals.
Visit our online store locator to find a GCA Garden Centre or Home Store stocking your favourite roses, and remember to ask about their edible rose product range: https://www.lifeisagarden.co.za/category/garden-and-home-centres/
New Year’s resolutions and gardening go hand in hand, especially considering the amount of healthy food we are able to grow in virtually any space. Whether you’re going for low-calorie, low-carb meals, or high fat intake and intermittent fasting, raw and purely organic or vegan – the harvest is on your side! Fuel your body for less with this mostly summer edible selection and grow guide from Life is a Garden.
Top tip: If you missed last month’s article, click here for expert advice on how to set up a vertical hydroponic system for all-space produce growing:
Calorie-conscious, nutrient-dense crops to grow
Your farming responsibility
As gardeners, we have a direct impact on our environment, which comes as a sweet blessing because this means we CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Sustainable water practices are an essential part of gardening and we cannot ignore how precious and finite this resource is. We saw the huge impact of day 0 in the Western Cape, and the rest of the country is not immune to this possibility either. Here are some simple and effective practices from our industry expert, Charles Oosthuizen from Tuberflora Nursery.
- “MULCH, MULCH, MULCH - why are South Africans so hesitant about this practice? We see this in so many gardens - barren, hard-baked soil raked neatly clean on a weekly basis. This is not the way forward in terms of sustainable watering practices at all.
- Drip irrigation is the future as it is cost-effective, low maintenance and saves a lot of water.
- Water only in the late afternoon or early in the morning.
- Water very well only once or twice a week instead of a little bit every day.
- Add water-retaining gel to your pots and containers.
- The more compost and other organic material in and on top of the soil the more water retention the soil will have.
SANA Green Business Magazine Issue 23
Our SANA online Green Business Magazine, Issue 23 is available! We have featured loads of interesting articles including a focus article on SANA’s 75 Platinum Jubilee, Business leader profiles, SANA Awards 2022, Member achievements, Reading Retail, Focus on Life is a Garden and much more.
Go to https://tinyurl.com/GBMIssue23 to read the magazine online or download and read at your leisure.