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What to plant in spring

Septem­ber has all the hall­marks of spring – bright green pad­docks, baby an­i­mals, daf­fodils, blos­som trees, flow­ers ev­ery­where you look. Na­ture’s go­ing nuts and gar­den­ers are in­spired into ac­tion. The plant­ing frenzy be­gins!

But early spring weather is un­pre­dictable. Bright sunny days are in­ter­spersed with rainy spells and cold snaps and, in many parts of the coun­try, frosts. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of ris­ing tem­per­a­tures and longer days to get the vege gar­den off to an early start must be bal­anced with cau­tion. Some plants never quite re­cover from be­ing planted too early into cold soil, so pa­tience pays. Mean­while we can pre­pare the soil and get seedlings started in a sunny place in­doors or un­der the pro­tec­tive cover of a green­house. By Oc­to­ber, spring is in full swing al­though many of us must re­main on frost watch un­til Novem­ber.

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