Spring is about to be sprung and I am so behind on my garden planning – not to mention the fact that my husband is keen to sell now that the house is fully renovated and enjoyed the touch of Sydney based landscapers (so how much of a veggie patch will I actually get to enjoy?)
Spring brings with it the longer days, the crisp air, warm sun and the excitement that new life brings. Spring is definitely my favorite season in the garden. It’s a great time to plant some veggies in your garden.
We were lucky enough to buy a house with a raised garden bed already established. If you don’t have a garden bed, you can still grow a variety of veggies and herbs in pots. I’m thinking that I might try and grow a few more things in pots (so if my husband does end up putting the house up for sale – I won’t be selling my basil and tomatoes with it).
You also need to make sure the soil is rich in nutrients before you plant your seeds/seedlings. This means topping the soil up with some slow release fertiliser before planting your seeds or seedlings.
If I’m planting seeds, I like to start these off in seedling trays. Seeds need a little more love than seedlings, and I find I can give them that little bit extra if they’re in seedling trays rather than in the veggie garden straight away.
Those seeds will also need a little more shelter from early morning frosts or the next door neighbour’s cat – you can make little ‘greenhouses’ for your seedlings by cutting a plastic bottle in half and placing it over the top of your seedling trays.
This is great for me, as I do tend to forget about my veggie garden every now and then! (But then again, I’ve got a 4 month old so this now can be forgiven). I prefer to use sugar cane mulch, as this eventually breaks down, and adds more nutrients to the soil.
If you too live in Canberra – check out what can be planted in September here