Go-time in the garden
Discover the best veges and herbs to plant in spring
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.