Niall and Jill McKrill have recently joined our Uitsig team. Together, they’re set to transform the landscape into a wonderland of indigenous flora.
“We’re up to the task and very excited about the work we have lined up ahead,” says Niall. “It’s really exciting getting to create something from scratch… watch this space!”
Niall’s Gardening Tips for August…
- Check your equipment is ready for spring. Sharpen your mowers and secateurs, clippers, hedge trimmers, check your sprinkler systems etc.
- Start a feeding programme.
- Trim/prune roses asap if you have not already done so. Spray with lime sulphur, before the first set of leaves, and check for any signs of stress which could indicate a lack of water.
- Use a light dressing of soil/sand mix for lawns.
- Feed beds and check that the new bulbs are not being taken out by any insects or pests.
As the first signs of Spring begin to appear at the farm, we’ve just finished our pruning and composting in preparation. And after months of soil preparation and planning, we’ve completed the planting of new Chardonnay and Shiraz blocks in our vineyard. This is the first time Uitsig has planted Shiraz. Our winemaker, Jacques, is looking forward to experimenting with the new Shiraz vines to see what styles and cultivars work best with our terroir, appellation and soil.
His end goal? “An aromatic, light, elegant style suits our sandy soil. I’m excited for what the future holds…”
For the month of August, Open Door will be closed on Mondays. At the same time, their very own Anne Marie Robertson is excelling on Top Chef – we wish her all the best!