What to do in the garden in spring

Spring is the moment we gardeners have been looking forward to all winter.  Most of us are desperate to whip out our tools and get outside.  There’s plenty to do!

Now is a great time to focus on soil health. If you do nothing else in spring, do this! You can read our article on soil makeovers here.

For lush green lawns, apply a slow release lawn fertiliser.

It's also a good time to top up your mulch and check your irrigation systems are working.

If you are planning on growing tomatoes, get the beds ready for planting around AFL Grand Final Day. Planting before that is risky due to night time temperatures. (If you would like to grow tomatoes but need some help, why not come to our tomato growing workshop? See details here.)

Get seeds started now, either on a sunny windowsill inside or outside with some protective covering.

Insects are making a return to the garden, so check for early signs of attack.  Planting flowers to attract beneficial insects is one way to keep insect populations under control and may reduce the need to use chemicals. 

White butterfly decoys can trick cabbage moths into going somewhere else and insect hotels can encourage more beneficial insects to make your garden their home.

Spring planting

Veggies: beans, beetroot, carrots, eggplants, peas, leeks, lettuces, onions, spring onions, spinach, tomatoes.

Fruit: blueberries, mulberries, raspberries, passionfruit and strawberries.

Flowers: alyssum, cornflowers, cosmos, echinacea, eridgeron, geraniums, jasmine, lavender, lobelia, petunias, marigolds, nasturtiums, roses, sunflowers (and more!)

Herbs: basil (later in spring), chives, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, in spring the planting options are endless!