Go-time in the gar­den

Dis­cover the best veges and herbs to plant in spring

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Spring is the best time of year to get your veg­etable gar­den go­ing, es­pe­cially if you are a begin­ner, as there are so many dif­fer­ent plants to choose from dur­ing this sea­son. The fol­low­ing are spring favourites that can be grown in pots, raised planters or gar­den beds in all cli­mates up and down New Zealand.

Spring onions

As the name sug­gests, these ver­sa­tile veges come into their own at this time of year. Plant them close to­gether and away from any peas or beans in your gar­den.

Car­rots

Car­rots are adapt­able plants but need free-drain­ing, sandy soil to thrive. They are best grown from seed, with most va­ri­eties ready to harvest af­ter 3-4 months.

Herbs

Easy to grow and even eas­ier to use, rose­mary, thyme, pars­ley and mint are kitchen sta­ples. The closer you can plant these to your kitchen, the more of­ten you will use them.

Let­tuce

An­other vege that is easy to grow. Make sure you have suc­ces­sive crops grow­ing from early spring right through sum­mer as let­tuce is fast-grow­ing and best har­vested when crisp with a ten­der heart.

Toma­toes

Home-grown toma­toes are a favourite for Kiwi gar­den­ers. They are a high­yield plant and take up lit­tle room as most are grown on stakes.

Sil­ver­beet

Like let­tuce, sil­ver­beet is a rapid grower and re­quires reg­u­lar and thor­ough wa­ter­ing in the warmer months. Start har­vest­ing by pick­ing the outer leaves at the base and make sure you leave at least five stalks on the plant for quick re­gen­er­a­tion.

Katie Costain and Ben Free­man are hus­band-and-wife land­scape de­sign­ers from Christchurch. They will be ex­hibit­ing one of their gar­den de­signs – an en­ter­tainer’s delight with a por­ta­ble herb gar­den and sweep­ing curves of plant­ing wo­ven through an out­door kitchen and din­ing space – at this year’s New Zealand Flower & Gar­den Show in Auck­land, 29 Novem­ber to 3 De­cem­ber.

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