Spring has well and truly sprung, and new life is appearing throughout the garden, from bulbs emerging and blooming to deciduous trees budding into leaf and flower. The weather is getting warmer, and all of the garden projects that you have been thinking about over winter can get started.
The most important thing to do for your garden before planting is to prepare the soil – this goes for preparing to plant the smallest seedling to the tallest tree. Adding organic matter to the soil such as compost improves the soil’s structure, as well as adding nutrients, improving aeration and drainage, and creating an environment for beneficial soil microbes and earthworms to thrive.
Your existing plants deserve a bit of nurturing too; they will benefit greatly from an application of liquid feed or other specialised plant food. Mulching your gardens with an organic based mulch such as pea-straw or bark retains much needed soil moisture as the weather gets warmer, as well as inhibiting the growth of unwanted weeds.
Mid spring is a great time to start on your spring and summer veggie gardens – it is the perfect time to get your blueberries and strawberries in, and start planting and planning your spring and summer crops, such as carrots, beans and peas. Tomatoes can be started as well, but need to be protected from the cold in hothouses until the risk of frost is gone, this is usually around the start of November – or around Melbourne Cup day, as the traditional wisdom goes.
If an edible garden is not the garden of choice, early spring is an ideal time to get plants established in the garden before the heat of summer arrives. Traditional garden favourites such as Hydrangeas come into season in late spring and early summer, and summer bulbs such as Lilliums, Gladioli, Peonies and Dahliahs can be planted from mid spring onwards.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Avalon Nursery in Haddon can help you with all of your spring gardening needs; you can visit David, Joanna and their team at 41 Kopkes Road, Haddon. Open Weekdays 8.30am – 5.00pm, open Weekends 8.30am – 4.00pm.