Gardening in Spring
Springtime is all about rejuvenation and growth, and our garden is no exception. Here are some expert tips to make the most of this season:
Plant Selection: Discover which plants thrive in spring, from colourful flowers to crisp veggies. Planting in-season will mean that your produce has the best chance at success. Consider planting a variety of spring vegetables, such as cucumbers, zucchinis, and beans. Remember to include some vibrant flowers to attract pollinators and add colour to your garden. If planting tomatoes, choose fruit fly resistant varieties such as cherry tomatoes and make sure to include a fruit fly trap in your garden.
Here are a few suggestions:
All Year: Lettuce, Radish, Carrots, Spinach, Silverbeet
Spring Veggies: Beetroot, Cucumber, Sweet Corn, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Squash, Green Beans, Artichoke, Asparagus, Spring Onions.
Soil Preparation: Get your garden beds ready for planting by preparing your soil. You can do this by adding compost to your bed. Preparing soil with compost gives your produce plenty of nutrients and enhances both the soil, improves water retention, and your veggies will love it – giving you the best harvest they can.
Watering Wisdom: Learn when and how to water effectively. Make sure to take advantage of spring showers, and water on days that it doesn’t rain. Watering in the morning or afternoon to avoid the hot midday sun. Make sure that the hose is not trailing across someone else’s plot on the way to yours, and always wind it back up and turn the tap off completely when you’re done.
Pest Control: The more biodiversity in the garden, the less chance of pests. However if there is an imbalance of bugs, be sure not to use pesticides. Implement eco-friendly pest management to protect your plants If needed, Neem Oil is a great botanical pest deterrent. If you have tomatoes please make sure they are fruit fly resistant varieties and just for good measure include a fruit fly trap in your garden about a metre from the ground and near your tomatoes. Make sure all fallen fruit is picked up as soon as possible and put in the green bin.
Mulch matters: Apply a layer of organic mulch to help retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.