SPRING IN THE GARDEN
Spring… how delicious! The garden comes alive and smiles at us with blossom, bulbs, and everything delightful. New leaves appear, fragrance fills the air and the sound of the humble lawn mower echoes across the neighbourhood.
As the sun starts to warm up the soil, all of the plants begin a new flush of growth, which is the perfect time to give them all a good feed. That and some other jobs for you in the garden this month below.
Spring is the time of plans and projects
Sow basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme. Sow beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choi, pea, spinach, spring onion, strawberry, sweet corn, zucchini and tomato.
Get on top of Bindi now. Bin-Die is a great product that is extremely effective and easy to use. 30ml mixed with water in a 10L watering can and sprinkled over the effected area. It certainly saves a lot of tears from having to pull them out of little feet in the months to come.
Start mowing your lawn more regularly. It actually assists in keeping it healthy, and it stays greener the less grass you remove every time it is cut. Every 5 to 7 days is ideal.
Feed your plants! The big feeders such as fruit and citrus trees and gardenias can all do with a “specific” feed. Use a citrus food for the fruit and citrus trees and Harrys Gardenia Food for the gardenias. ‘Specific’ plant food contains the trace elements required for optimum growth and production of flowers and fruit.
Continue to water your bulbs even after the leaves start withering. A liquid feed with Powerfeed at this stage can also assist in storing lots of goodness within the bulb, ready for the next season.
Aphids are on the move again searching for any new juicy growth, so check your plants and spray with PestOil if any are infected.
As discussed in a previous post, I like to use a 150mm layer of fine compost across the entire garden, including pots. The organic matter in compost improves soil structure for all soils, whilst feeding the plants at the same time. Leave a 100mm gap around the trunk/stem of the plants, and if your compost is still warm, wait until it has cooled down, as it will burn your plants.
Until next time, happy pottering, growing and producing!