Dave here, with another garden instalment.
So, we’re half way through Spring (in the southern hemisphere); some of you may have thought about reviving that old neglected patch of remnant vegetables / weeds to something of its former glory, but you can’t quite recall how you went about it last time. Well, this post is for you - a quick refresher on preparing your garden for spring!
- Gardening is very climate related, so where you live it may not yet even feel like spring
- In most parts of sub tropical and temperate Australia, there’s a good case to be made that we should probably have between 6 and 8 seasons rather than the good old 4, with the most flux occurring in the period between winter / spring and spring / summer
- There is an old chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the next best time is now”. That is, even if you’re late, you should start now anyway!
- UK gardening legend Monty Don likes to say “Don’t worry, what you lose in time at start of the season, you make up by the end.”
- With the effects of climate change already among us (most gardeners would attest to this), the seasons are already a little messed up anyway. Where we live, it’s felt like summer, spring and winter all within the space of a month, and not in the order you would expect!
There is a whole heap of soil science that you can get into here, but really it all boils down to compost and manure - it's hard to go wrong with those two.
Some manures like chicken poo should be composted well before applying directly to beds that you want to plant immediately (it’s high levels of nitrogen will burn new seedlings), others like rabbit poo can be put straight on. Nurseries typically have a large range of composted manures to choose from, but if you’re on your game, your compost piles from last year will be right on cue to add back to the beds now!
May your efforts be prosperous, your crops be strong and fruitful, and the sun shine warmly on your back!