Get the veg­etable gar­den set for spring

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - LISA HY­LAND, SUPERGRANS MEN­TOR­ING

Blue skies and big frosts are sure signs that spring is on its way.

As winter draws to a close it is time to start head­ing back out­side to get the veg­etable gar­den ready for the long sum­mer days ahead.

Spring is the sea­son to pre­pare gar­den soil, get seeds started and plant out hardier seedlings.

Veg­etable gar­den­ing can be tricky at times but with the right plant­ing in­for­ma­tion and good plan­ning a great sum­mer har­vest is within ev­ery­one’s grasp.

So with sum­mer in mind, what should you plant? Who can you ask for ad­vice? Where do you start?

If veg­etable gar­den­ing and great sum­mer har­vests are some­thing you’d like to learn more about – the SuperGrans Spring Veg­etable Gar­den­ing Workshop is the event for you.

The next workshop will be held at the Youth Space on the cor­ner of Ge­orge St and Cole­man Pl from 7pm to 9pm on Tues­day, Au­gust 23.

Whether you’re look­ing to add to your gar­den­ing skills or you’re a com­plete be­gin­ner, we can help.

The SuperGrans workshop will cover the ba­sics of where to plant your gar­den, what seeds/ seedlings to plant and when, types of veg­etable gar­dens, fer­tilis­ers, ir­ri­ga­tion tech­niques and com­post­ing.

Bring pens, pa­per, en­thu­si­asm and those ques­tions you’ve al­ways wanted an­swered.

The spring veg­etable gar­den­ing workshop will again be fa­cil­i­tated by SuperGrans’ knowl­edge­able vol­un­teer Pa­tri­cia Car­pen­ter.

A pas­sion­ate and trained mas­ter gar­dener, Car­pen­ter has more than 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing and vol­un­teer­ing in gar­dens in Cal­i­for­nia and Palmer­ston North.

Book­ings are essen­tial as places are lim­ited.

Phone Lisa on 354 3804 or email to con­firm a place by Au­gust 22.

A $5 koha is ap­pre­ci­ated for this event.

A vol­un­teer-based or­gan­i­sa­tion, more in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity work car­ried out by SuperGrans Men­tor­ing is on the web­site .

PHOTO: LISA HY­LAND/SUPPLIED

Spring gar­den workshop fa­cil­i­ta­tor Pa­tri­cia Car­pen­ter har­vest­ing the pro­ceeds of a pro­duc­tive veg­etable gar­den.

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