Harvest, sow and win! February is a busy month for gardeners, with summer releasing the last of its harvests and winter crops ready to be sown.

[custom_frame_right shadow=”on”]Veggies[/custom_frame_right]If growing your own vegetables is your thing, we have great news for you. We will be sharing an excellent blog compiled by television producer, writer, artist and passionate organic gardener Jane Griffiths, who has been growing organic vegetables and herbs for more than 15 years. Her best-selling book Jane’s Delicious Garden has led to a vegetable revolution in South Africa, with thousands of home growers following in her green footsteps. Win your own copy of this great book – visit our FaceBook page.

Read Jane’s guide to the February garden – click here.

In many parts of the country, it’s also time to sow winter-flowering annuals, while most summer-flowering annuals will continue blooming for some time if the faded flowers are removed promptly, the plants are fed occasionally and watered regularly when the weather is dry.
[custom_frame_left shadow=”on”]Violas[/custom_frame_left]Sow violas, or pansies, from the beginning of the month. Did you know that these pretty flowers were once used to relieve headaches and act as a sedative?

Snails are active in the summer-rainfall areas and can only be kept under control if bait is put out regularly at night. Jane has some clever tips for getting rid of snails and other pests in an environmentally friendly way – see how.

Gardening organically is easier than you think, and you’ll reap the rewards with a fresh, wholesome harvest of vegetables and flowers for your family and friends.


Acknowledgements & Photo credits

1. Fruits & vegetables courtesy of amenic181 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
2. Violas image by H. Zell (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons