What to plant in spring
September has all the hallmarks of spring – bright green paddocks, baby animals, daffodils, blossom trees, flowers everywhere you look. Nature’s going nuts and gardeners are inspired into action. The planting frenzy begins!
But early spring weather is unpredictable. Bright sunny days are interspersed with rainy spells and cold snaps and, in many parts of the country, frosts. Taking advantage of rising temperatures and longer days to get the vege garden off to an early start must be balanced with caution. Some plants never quite recover from being planted too early into cold soil, so patience pays. Meanwhile we can prepare the soil and get seedlings started in a sunny place indoors or under the protective cover of a greenhouse. By October, spring is in full swing although many of us must remain on frost watch until November.