Spring into ac­tion!

Go Gardening - - Editorial -

Good­bye dim dingy win­ter. Hello light! The odd frost is wel­come when it’s fol­lowed by a bright spring day. As the days get longer and warmer, the grey sea­son dwin­dles away. Na­ture is in a state of re­newal and this speaks di­rectly to our state of mind. It’s time to start afresh and get busy with new projects.

With the al­fresco sea­son to look for­ward to, out­door liv­ing spa­ces de­serve some love. Af­ter scrub­bing the paving and dust­ing off of out­door fur­ni­ture we can re­ward our­selves by fill­ing pots with the colour­ful flow­er­ing plants that will see us through till the end of au­tumn. This spring brings a won­der­ful lineup of new plants, as fea­tured on our Shop Win­dow pages.

Now’s the time to start a salad gar­den that will give a non-stop sup­ply of fresh tasty greens for the months ahead (more about this on page 20). Septem­ber is a big month for seed sow­ing. In early spring, start­ing seedlings in con­tain­ers means we can pro­tect them from cold weather, not to men­tion the pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion of slugs and snails! Toma­toes, cap­sicums and all those other ex­cit­ing summer veges will be ready for plant­ing out as soon as the risk of frost has passed. Or you can grow them to ma­tu­rity in big­ger con­tain­ers.

Seed rais­ing is a fun way to spend time out­doors with kids (ideas on page 32). Re­straint can be dif­fi­cult at such an abun­dant time of year but if you end up grow­ing more seedlings than your gar­den has room for, or more veg­eta­bles than your own fam­ily can eat, friends and fam­ily mem­bers will be de­lighted to re­ceive a fresh gift grown by you.

Whether you’re ex­pe­ri­enced or just start­ing out, gar­den­ing is a fan­tas­tic way to make new con­nec­tions. Our Real Gar­dener this is­sue, Jade Te­mepara (page 16) knows all about the power of gar­den­ing to bring fam­i­lies and neigh­bours to­gether.

Happy Spring Gar­den­ing

Sue

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