The daffies are out and daylight savings is nearly upon us. This can only mean one thing – Spring has sprung!
As the daylight hours increase, the days are getting longer and the mercury is rising; it is a perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get planting. There is nothing more satisfying than having friends and family over for summer BBQ’s and serving salads freshly picked from your garden. Great bragging rights.
With the decline of the quarter acre section and the move towards smaller homes/townhouses and gardens, planting a veggie garden can be a simple and cost-effective process. A good first step is growing a herb garden, which could even sit on a window sill or pot on the front porch. This is also a great way for younger children to get engaged and help with planting.
Preparation is key. Start weeding to clear the soil and buy or prepare mulch filled with nutrients. In warmer parts of the country, start planting; in the colder areas best to wait until it gets a little warmer, say in October. Often Labour weekend is the mark in the sand for gardening.
If you have a glasshouse then opt for beans, courgettes, cucumbers, eggplants, potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, and basil.
If outside in frost-free areas; beetroot, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflowers, celery, kale, lettuce, mizuna, peas, silverbeet, spinach, spring onions, coriander, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme.
There are many gardening calendars available which will highlight what veggies are best to plant in what month.
Be mindful to plant what you actually like eating. Also remember that if you plant a whole lot of one vegetable, say cauliflower at the same time, they will come into flower about the same time and you will have cauli on the menu for a number of days.