THERE ARE PLENTY OF BLOOMING GOOD REASONS WHY GARDENERS REALLY DIG THIS TIME OF THE YEAR
Easter is a celebration of rebirth and renewal. All through the ages, people have celebrated the equinoxes and the solstices as sacred times.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, Easter falls in autumn, not spring. But I think I speak for many warm-climate gardeners when I say that autumn is perhaps, for us, even more important than spring as a time for garden renewal and rejuvenation.
After the ravages of summer, our gardens are in desperate need of some TLC. Most of us have enjoyed some much-needed rain, and temperatures are beginning to move in a more comfortable direction. Gardeners, and the gardens we tend, are starting to feel a bit more positive.
Autumn is a really important, and immensely rewarding, time in the gardening calendar. It’s the best time to establish new gardens, and an ideal time to plant trees, including fruit trees. Thanks to the milder temperatures, and more reliable rain, everything we plant now will have plenty of time to settle in before the heat arrives again.
It’s also time to plant cool season flowering favourites such as pansies and violas, as well as winter crops including broccoli, broad beans, spinach, peas, snow peas and kale.
Your whole garden and lawn will benefit from a complete plant food. You can also top up the mulch in garden beds to help to regulate soil temperature.