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Keith Kirsten’s September toolbox

Sow the seeds of summer-flowering plants like cosmos.

Horticuturist Keith Kirsten provides advice on getting your garden September-ready.

  • Sow seeds of all summer-flowering plants like amaranthus, begonias, solenostemon (Coleus), cosmos, impatiens, lobelias and nicotiana
  • Plant the following bulbs: arum lilies and flame lilies
  • Feed hydrangeas and water thoroughly
  • Water your irisses regularly
  • Excellent low hedges to plant include: cuphea “lemon & ice”, cuphea “lemon squash” and duranta “mini gold”
  • Sow the following vegetables: beetroot, carrots, cucumber, spanspek, parsley, pumpkins, radishes and tomatoes


Alison Goldberg is the former property editor of Business Day (1985) and the Financial Mail (1991-99). In 1995 she won the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award. She has edited such titles as National Constructor and The Miner in Australia and has freelanced for The Star, The South African Jewish Report and The Jerusalem Post.

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