In Your Spring Garden
Did you know that mulching stops the top of the soil drying out, keeping the soil moist, and reducing watering by about 60%?
TRY as we might we can’t resist the warm kiss of the spring sun.
We know it’s been a tough winter. Very little rain, crazy temperature changes - our plants (and us) are feeling a little lack lustre.
Over the next few weekends I plan on ticking a lot off my to-do list so I can sit back and enjoy as quickly as possible. At this time of year everything in the garden would love a good feed.
If my soil has become hydrophobic I use a natural soil wetter by Plant of Health called Soil Soaker. You can get it in granular or liquid. With the granular I move back the mulch and add it to the soil around the plant’s drip line and water it in.
Afterwards I use Plant of Health’s slowrelease certified organic fertiliser Organic Link. It is what the Trevallan Girls use at the garden centre and at home on every plant. It doesn’t matter if it’s a native, rose, camellia, fern or the vegetable patch, every plant gets a dose of Organic Link. I try to Organic Link all my plants on the turn of every season (four times a year).
If I want to give my plants an added bonus I use a natural liquid fertiliser called Triple Boost. I mix this up into a watering can with some water and water it all over my plants foliage. After I finish feeding my garden I mulch. I always use organic matter mulches (sugar cane, bark, lucerne) because they break down and add organic matter to the soil. This improves soil structure and drainage, and encourages earthworm and soil microbial activity.
Did you know that mulching stops the top of the soil drying out, keeping the soil moist, and reducing watering by about 60%? Mulching also prevents weeds and weed seed germination, which compete with wanted plants for moisture and nutrients. Mulching can also keep the soil temperature constant.
I love herbs. I don’t do much cooking but when I do I find everything tastes better with fresh herbs. I recently was gifted my grandmother’s old baking dishes and pots and pans. I drilled holes in them and now I have an eccentric mix of pots and pans planted up with my herbs on my back table.
Pohlmans have a great range of herbs in their Hidden Valley range. If you are after some fruit trees but have every citrus known to man why not try blueberries, logan-berries, passionfruit, figs, raspberries, peanuts or bisexual paw paws.
Oh spring, how I love you and the way you fill the voids in my garden!
Trevallan Lifestyle Centre has three great gardeinng workshops in Spring. Phone 3201 8630 for more information.