Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to take out your gardening gloves, throw on your wide-brimmed hat and get dirty. If you’re looking to plant an impressive garden, there are plenty of tasks to get done before the buds begin blooming. We’ve made a handy guide to help you jumpstart your spring gardening and prepare your plants for summer.
Your lawn needs fertilising and now is the best time to do it. Feeding your lawn with the right amount of nutrients will encourage new growth. Since Australian soil is fundamentally high in salt and nutrient poor, it’s important for you to use fertiliser in moderation. It’s also a great idea to opt for manures and mulch if you’re not a fan of inorganic chemical fertilisers. A load of organic mulch to spruce up your lawn can also help save water and cut weeds.
Always start your pruning by removing any diseased, dead or broken parts of your plants. Then it’s time to decide what kind of pruning you’d like to achieve, especially for any plants that flowered throughout winter and early spring. Trimming provides you with a manicured-looking hedge or topiary. If you desire a more natural appearance, it’s a great idea to observe how the plants want to grow and only prune where necessary. The latter affords your plant a more natural form. Pruning encourages new growth so it’s essential for a flourishing spring garden.
Spring is the perfect time to begin planting the seeds for your flowers and vegetables, just in time for summer. Some of the ideal vegetables that you can start on include cabbage, lettuce and tomatoes. You can also pop herbs like basil and parsley in your sunny window box. Don’t be afraid to give your garden a quick lift by planting or updating your flowering spring annuals. Pots of pansy, polyanthus and daffodils are a bright and colourful choice. If you’re starting with seedlings, plant them in garden beds or large pots.
There’s no time like spring to repot. This includes your container-grown plants, both outdoor and indoor, which have outgrown their present pots. Start with replanting the plants into slightly larger pots. You can also trim the roots and put them back in their old pot with some fresh potting mix.
Bonus tips for the gardener in you:
- Consider using above-ground planter boxes – they use up a small footprint and come with produce benefits.
- Plants respond well to “vegetable soup”. So next time you boil or steam vegetables, put the water to good use by watering your plants instead of pouring it down the drain.
- Be vigilant when it comes to pests on new growth such as aphids and snails. Aphids can be eradicated with a blast of water from a hose or with insecticidal soap, while snails and slugs can be trapped or deterred.