Décor & Gardening
In the garden
Grow it in a warm, sunny bed or a container or window box (ideal for gardens with sandy soil). Plant it with other indigenous winter flowers like diascia, gazania and Felicia. Plants grow 30cm high and wide and don’t need lots of water. The indoor plant of the month is peace lily (Spathiphyllum) … it’s one of the best air-purifying plants for the home, especially as it gets colder and we stay indoors more. It filters unpleasant odours, as well as unhealthy toxins and produces clean oxygen. It grows in low light, needs watering once a week and brightens a room with its glossy leaves and white flowers. It’s good for bedrooms, bathrooms and as a feature in living rooms. It’s sensitive to cold so keep it away from the windows during winter. We’re also sowing sugar snap peas that can be eaten when pods are young and crisp or left on the vine and picked as sweet-tasting garden peas. They grow quickly and are suitable for large containers, but they must be well watered. Sugar snap peas need at least six to eight hours of full sun, and shelter from draughts. Sow seeds directly into fertile, well prepared soil that drains well. Keep the soil moist during germination and water carefully until plants are well established. Then water regularly to achieve a good yield. Feed with a liquid fertiliser when flowering starts.