Don’t wait for spring!

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It’s time for some backyard ther­apy. Our plants may be shut­ting down for win­ter but that doesn’t mean we have to!

Be mo­ti­vated the vi­sion of a bet­ter than ever spring gar­den in your mind’s eye. Now is the time to im­ple­ment changes you’ve been think­ing about and trans­plant those things that need to be moved to an­other part of the gar­den.

With soil mois­ture pretty much guar­an­teed, we can safely plant roses, trees, shrubs and hedges. If you have space to plant more trees, you could make it an Arbor Day cel­e­bra­tion with the kids. There are so many good rea­sons to plant trees and shrubs. Read more about this in our Green­life Mat­ters story on page 26.

In mild north­ern cli­mates the vege gar­den keeps go­ing and there is plenty that can be planted all year round. For those who like their win­ter veges handy to the kitchen, it’s a good time to be plant­ing in con­tain­ers. Let­tuces, sil­ver­beet, spinach, cress, gar­lic, car­rots, beet­root, even peas and pota­toes can be planted now.

Where the win­ter gar­den lies bare, make the most of the op­por­tu­nity to pam­per your soil. We have some tips for you on page 6. This is­sue’s Real Gar­den­ers, An­thony and Zar­nia have found the se­cret to suc­cess­ful vege gar­den­ing is great soil.

Some­times I strug­gle for mo­ti­va­tion on a dull win­try day. My way around this is to al­ways have some small gar­den­ing job at the top of my to do list. It might be a rose that needs prun­ing or a pun­net of sil­ver­beet that needs plant­ing. Once I’m out there, I’m rarely in any hurry to go back in­side. Things get done, but best of all I am re-en­er­gised af­ter an hour or two spent pot­ter­ing about in the cool fresh air.

Happy win­ter gar­den­ing,

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