Spring has finally arrived and I hope your gardening tools are ready to hit the dirt! Make sure you scrub off any rust and lightly rub on some vegetable or mineral oil after your tools have been cleaned to prevent rust from forming again. Check those mower blades and hedge trimmers to see if the blades need to be replaced or sharpened. Also make sure you throw away any expired and unused garden chemicals.
If the frost has passed in your area then make sure you get your cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicum, sweet corn, rockmelon, and zucchinis planted for a nice early crop. As many areas of the country can still be quite cool it is best to start your summer veggies seeds in warm areas like in greenhouses or on your windowsills, for transplanting in the garden after the danger of frost has passed.
Remember to plant some coloured beauty such as sunflowers, petunias, cosmos, lavenders, zinnias and marigolds. Marigolds are great planted near your vegetables as they can help deter insects and you can also add the petals to salads. In cooler regions you can also still plant flowers such as sweet peas, hollyhocks, poppies.
don’t forget about your potted beauties whether they are indoors or out, they need some tender loving care as well. Some plants may have outgrown their current pots or just need an extra boost of nutrients. Either top up the pots or replant them into another pot using good potting mix and a slow release fertiliser. If the root system is getting too out of control give them a little trim before replanting. Remember to look after your hanging baskets as well.
Compost, compost, compost! This will be your garden’s best friend, whether it is homemade or purchased. Homemade compost is generally made up of things like banana peels, coffee grounds, citrus rinds, potato skins and apple cores. These will provide the necessary nutrients which are slowly released to plants throughout the season without using harsh chemicals.
Your lawn may not be looking its best right now but that’s not a problem. If you have a couple of bare patches you could sow some grass seed or even just take a couple of stray runners and transplant them into the patches. So not only are you fixing the patches you are getting rid of those frustrating runners.
Enjoy the start of spring and happy gardening!