Spring into action!
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