Early spring detox for your garden

Early spring detox for your garden

September is a great time for the garden! With the chills of winter steadily disappearing and the days growing longer, gardeners are able to spend more time outside looking after their precious plants. Spring is upon us so it’s best to get planning and planting. Winter harvests are coming to an end, so gather up the last of the hearty vegetables, because it’s time for some early spring cleaning!

 

Last of the winter harvest

You should still have a few winter favourites to harvest, and who knows, maybe even some early spring arrivals! In cooler areas of Australia, late-maturing root crops, such as beets, carrots and parsnips, should be finishing up by now. Be sure to harvest the rest of your leafy crops like Brussel sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers and kale, before they bolt (go to flower or seed) with the warmer temperatures. In warmer regions, you may be harvesting early leeks, peas and broad beans, salad leaves and artichokes.

 

Early spring planning and preparation

While there may still be a few cold, rainy days to snuggle up on the couch, when the sun starts to peek out from behind the clouds, it’s high time to get into the garden! As the weather starts to warm up, so too does the soil. Mulching during early spring is a great way to prepare your garden.

At this time of the year, the soil will be starting to warm up but it should still be quite  moist, except in areas that have dry winters  Mulching  assists in holding nourishment in the ground, keeps the soil at a constant temperature and combats against pesky weeds which compete with plants for nutrients. It is also vital for water conservation.

As well as mulching, tying back blackberry and raspberry canes now will keep them in check before their vigorous spring growth sets in.

In the vegetable garden, any seedlings you have had indoors during August can be moved outside during sunny days, to help  harden them off before they are planted out. Now is the time to put in flowering plants to add some colour – nasturtium, snapdragons, petunias and marigolds are perfect right now. They’ll attract bees and other pollinators to your garden too. If you have a pond or water feature with fish, begin feeding them small amounts but not enough to allow any leftovers to dirty the water.

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