After a slightly lacklustre start to the season it looks like spring is finally here. And as things start to heat up this month, it’s important to get on top of things to ensure your taste buds are graced with an abundance of delicious veggies harvested fresh from your garden.
So, to make things easy here are a few tips for getting started.
A stitch in time and all that is definitely relevant to veggie gardening. Before planting do your best to improve your soil. Growing healthy soil, rich in organic matter and full of beneficial microbes makes it much easier to grow healthy plants, reduces the risk from pests and diseases, and helps reduce watering needs.
Start by weeding your garden beds thoroughly and then fork to help aerate.
Mix in compost and sheep pellets.
How you plant can also reduce the amount of work you do later on. Getting planting distances correct really helps. If you leave too much space you’ll find that weeds will soon crop up, but if you don’t leave enough your plants will compete for nutrients and have an increased risk of getting fungal diseases. If you aren’t sure check, most seed packets or seedlings will have the correct spacing information on them.
Feed plants regularly. To improve the soil and feed the plant use organic liquid feeds such as Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster. Most veggies will be fine with a monthly feed, however heavy feeders such as courgettes, tomatoes and eggplants will benefit from a feed every two weeks.
What to plant now?
Some of our favourite veggies and herbs to plant now includes:
Herbs — Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, tarragon, rocket, parsley and coriander (best in part shade).
Veggies — Tomatoes, chillies, peppers, courgettes, eggplant, silverbeet, NZ spinach and lettuce (best in part shade).