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Watch­ing spring un­fold has a thrilling e ect on gar­den­ers – it makes us want to get out there and grow more plants! e sim­plest, cheap­est and pos­si­bly the most sat­is­fy­ing way to grow plants is with a packet of seeds. You put them in, watch and wait, then hope­fully have some babies to raise.

As a gar­dener and farmer, Tino Carnevale is highly at­tuned to the va­garies of a seed’s pas­sage from a lit­tle pod of prom­ise to a fully

edged plant. In our cover story, he ex­plains what hap­pens when you push a seed into soil, how it needs mois­ture, air and food, in that or­der, and how to get the best out of your sow­ing. We have a trou­bleshooter, too, and fol­low­ing that, a story from So­phie

om­son on heir­loom seeds and why it’s worth pre­serv­ing her­itage va­ri­eties of fruits and ve­g­ies. Your seed stories start on page 33.

My mum al­ways used to ‘do the beans’ – and still does – and it turns out she’s not the only one. e writer of our grow­ing guide for beans, El­iz­a­beth Swane (page 62), has also grown up with the sight of her mum top­ping and tail­ing the beans onto news­pa­per, then putting them through a special gad­get to re­move the strings. Per­haps this is what we call ‘heir­loom cook­ing’? We know that many of you like to cook, es­pe­cially with pro­duce you’ve grown your­self, and on page 54 we in­tro­duce ‘the sea­sonal cake’ – a slice of yum­mi­ness made with some of the sea­son’s har­vest. is cake gar­nered rave re­views in the o ce!

An­other new item this month is a change from a sin­gle ‘plant of the month’ to sev­eral plant pro les. Turn to page 18 for your plant hit – you’ll nd jas­mine, lithops (yes, what’s that?) and two new dou­ble laven­ders. ere’s more for plant lovers in the cot­tage gar­den on page 26, a story on na­tive or­chids (page 48), and a pro le of a cacti and suc­cu­lent gar­den in Vic­to­ria that knocks vis­i­tors’ socks o (page 44). See you next month for more spring­time in­spi­ra­tion.

Jenny is wait­ing to see if last year’s corn ow­ers come up in her gar­den again. She yanked the plants out last sum­mer and scat­tered the seed over the beds. ey’re a great ‘vol­un­teer’ plant, so ngers crossed!

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