Useful flowers and veges to grow in the garden this Spring
Get out in the garden this spring, and grow some useful flowers and veges.
It’s satisfying, saves money, and reduces packaging if you can grow even a few flowers and vegetables at home.
In spring, the soil in the garden starts to warm up, and plants and bulbs begin to put out spring growth and flowers. It is beautiful to see all the daffodils popping out at this time of year.
Now is the time to get into planting spring and summer flowers, and get the vegetable garden under way.
In the flower garden
See my post A Guide to growing vegetables from seed for detailed instructions on sowing seeds.
- Sow summer flower seeds into seed trays. Varieties to sow include alyssum, begonia, Californian poppy, cosmos, gerbera, marigold, nigella, petunia, sunflower and zinnia.
- You can also plant seedlings directly into the garden after the risk of frosts has gone. Flowering annuals include calendula, delphinium, forget-me-not, hollyhock, polyanthus, primula and pansies.
- Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails – you can use commercial slug pellets, or try other methods like crushed eggshells or using bark mulch (it deters the slugs and snails from crawling across it).
- Feed spring flowers with liquid feed, such as worm wee if you have a worm farm, or you can buy plant feed that you dilute and water on the plants regularly.
- Mulch around roses, trees, shrubs and flower beds.
- Plant dahlia tubers and gladioli corms for summer flowers.
- Plant new perennial plants like lavender, fuchsia and geraniums.
- Feed flowering spring bulbs in your garden.
- You can still prune plants such as fuchsias, hydrangeas, hibiscus and other flowering shrubs, by cutting back any diseased, dead or damaged branches.
In the vegetable garden
- Prepare your vegetable garden by digging in compost.
- Sow vege seeds including carrots, beetroot, silverbeet and peas, directly into your garden.
- Sow lettuces, leeks, cabbage, tomato, capsicum, courgette, cucumber and eggplant into trays of seed raising mix for transplanting later.
- Protect seedlings from slugs and snails, using the same methods as for flowers listed above. Protect from birds by hanging up old cds or dvds on string above the vege garden, so they reflect the sunlight and scare away birds.
- Buy seed potates and put them in a tray in a sunny position for around a month before planting, so they can sprout. Plant them in the garden beds or in a pot or planted when the sprouts are roughly 2-4cm long.
- Refresh your herb garden with new plants, or grow them from seeds.
- Feed berry plants, citrus and fruit trees – there are commercial products available for each type of fruit tree. Check out this post on organic fertilizers for fruit trees.
- Plant strawberries, blueberries, and rhubarb now too.
What useful flowers and veges are you planning to grow this year?
Leave a comment with your most successful crops, and your go-to plants.