WELCOME TO OCTOBER
The weather really starts heating up this month, saying goodbye to winter rains in the Cape and hello to perfect planting conditions for the gardener. But even after all the rain, don’t forget to water. Introduce fragrant plants into your garden. Brunsfelsia, Jasminum multipartitumn and citrus trees are in full bloom, while Trachelospermum buds are about to open.
Organic Vegetable Market
Our first organic vegetable market was such a success that we are extending it to cover two more Saturdays this month. Visit Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Rosebank, on Saturday 4th and Saturday 25th October for your wholesome organic veggies. Click here
to view images from our first exciting market.
Competition: Diamond in the Dust
Diamonds are not just a girl’s best friend, they’re also a gardener’s best friend this month! Make sure you enter our exciting Diamond in the Dust competition to stand a chance to win. Click here
Worm Tea on Tap
Pop in to Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Rosebank, to stock up on live worm tea ... on tap. Don't forget to bring your container along. Click here
to learn about the benefits of this excellent liquid concentrate worm compost.
Planting for Summer
It’s a great time to start planting summer-flowering plants as well as sowing summer seeds. Click here
for imformation on sowing summer seeds, click here
for information on summer bulbs, and click here
for information on inviting birds into your garden.
The Starke Ayres Landscaping Division will creatively design and plant your garden to suit your taste and pocket, so there really is no excuse to get your garden ready for summer! Click here
for contact details and to view the portfolio.
West Coast Village Highlights
Our West Coast Village branch has recently celebrated its third birthday. We are still celebrating - and seeing as strawberry season is now in full swing we are offering quality strawberry plants in 4kg bags for only R14.50. There is also an exciting range of Tillandsia air plants available now in store. Stock up on a wide range of indigenous and succulent plant varieties perfect for the spring season and for the harsh west coast summer conditions. Click here
to visit our web page.
Effective Micro-organism (EM) Technology is a term given to a few organisms that mainly work anaerobically i.e. without needing oxygen. These good bugs co-exist for the benefit of their environment into which they are introduced. EM speed up decomposition, are good for your garden and completely safe to use in your home. Click here
for more information.
Allow your veggie garden to go to flower … most of the flowers can be used as garnish and the colour adds a unique dimension to an otherwise green landscape. Most herb flowers have a taste that is similar to the leaf, but it is slightly spicier. Click here
for more information.
New Range of Organic Seeds and Seedlings
We have a spanking new range of seeds and seedlings organically and exclusively grown for our garden centres. Unlike our more general seed and seedling ranges, these products are exclusive to Starke Ayres customers and are only sold at our Rosebank and West Coast Village branches. Visit one of our branches
to have a look at our in-store display and to purchase from from this great new range.
Starke Ayres Restaurant
Nestled among the plants of the West Coast Village garden centre, Starke Ayres Restaurant is the perfect venue to host your function. There are also great weekly specials, which can be viewed on our Facebook
page. You can also stand a chance to win a meal voucher to the value of R150 by completing a comment card from our website ... or pop in for a treat and get your card there. Click here
In the last few years carnivorous plants have founds more than just a niche market and can be found in most large retail nurseries, pet shops and even some supermarkets. Starke Ayres stocks a wide variety, catering for the novice and the expert. Click here
for more information on these fascinating plants.
Bonsai consultant Judi, from Bonsaiboyz, visits our Rosebank branch each Saturday (except the last Saturday of the month) from 10h00 to 14h00 to help with your bonsai needs. Click here
for more details.
Whether you live in an apartment with a tiny balcony or a big house with a garden, container gardening is highly rewarding and can guarantee organically grown veggies on site. There is something so gratifying about picking your own veggies and heading straight for the kitchen to prepare them. Most people are surprised at how easy they are to grow. With the right soil, regular watering and a bit of sunshine almost anything will prosper. Click here
for more information.
Talks and Demos
Join us for one of our informative talks or demos at both the Rosebank and West Coast village branches. Click here
Have a wonderful October!
STARKE AYRES has been a supplier of quality seed, seedlings, trees, shrubs, pot plants, bulbs and a variety of gardening accessories to the gardening public of Cape Town for well over a century.
Aware of the fact that climatic and soil conditions in the Western Cape vary greatly from those in the summer rainfall areas of the north, we have gone to great lengths to identify plants that are particularly well adapted to the Mediterranean climate of the Western Cape.
In the garden centre plants are displayed in such a manner as to make the shopping experience an easy and a pleasant one. Customers need to know how adaptable plants are, their growing conditions and how they can be used for maximum impact in the garden.