Re­live good times of gar­den­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - GREEN THUMBS WILL WATER­FORD Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

SOME of the loveli­est peo­ple you will meet are gar­den­ers, and I see them every day at the shop.

It is be­cause they have a gen­uine con­nec­tion with the earth and their plants.

I don’t think you are born with it, I be­lieve that you are taught about it from any age.

Maybe you went out­side with your par­ents and they showed you how to plant a car­rot, you wa­tered it, you watched it grow and then you ate it.

It is one of life’s amaz­ing things, watch­ing a car­rot come from such a small seed the size of a very small grain of sand to a tasty or­ange root 20cm long.

If you used to be a gar­dener and had a break for a while, re­live that amaz­ing feel­ing and get your­self a pot or, even bet­ter, a self-wa­ter­ing smart pot and some qual­ity pot­ting mix and plant some lit­tle car­rot seeds.

Just wa­ter the pot­ting mix, then sprin­kle the seeds on top of the soil, and then sprin­kle a lit­tle bit of pot­ting mix over them.

After they have come up, thin them out with a two-fin­ger gap be­tween them – this will al­low enough space so they can all grow straight.

After you pull out the spares, give the pot some wa­ter to fill in the lit­tle holes with mix again.

Fer­tilise them with a sea­weed fer­tiliser that is very low in ni­tro­gen, as we want the root to grow more than the top.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GET PLANT­ING: Will Water­ford with some car­rot seeds.

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