Spring in the kitchen garden checklist

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Salad always tastes best when it's made fresh from the garden and it's so easy to grow your own that once you start you won't want to stop!

  • Prepare the soil with plenty of compost. Add lime, except for potatoes.
  • Beware of planting out tender seedlings if frost still threatens.
  • Plant seedlings: lettuce, silver beet, spinach, broccoli, leeks, cauliflowers and cabbages. In cooler climates, onions and brussels sprouts may still be planted during September. In warmer climates, Labour Weekend is the traditional planting date for tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, zucchini and cucumbers, but much will depend on the weather.
  • Sow seed directly into well-prepared soil: carrots, parsnips, leeks, radishes, beetroot, spring onions, silverbeet, lettuces, rocket, and coriander. In cool climates sow peas.
  • Protect young and emerging seedlings from slugs and snails.
  • Feed to support rapid growth and fruiting. Roots can only absorb so much at a time, so feed 'little and often'. For veges in pots: don't use powdered fertilisers, as these will burn roots. Instead, use slow release fertiliser and supplement this with regular liquid feeding once plants are actively growing.
  • Plant strawberries, herbs, citrus and other fruit trees, grapes and potatoes.



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Spring Kitchen Garden