Spring is very busy in the garden. Winter disappears fast and spring growth is strong and colourful. Look out for all those spring bulbs coming up through the ground. Watch out for the occasional late frost. 

It’s a busy period in the vegetable patch, with plenty to sow. Gardeners in warmer microclimates can take advantage of an earlier spring to get a good early sowing, whereas those in colder microclimates should resist the temptation to sow when conditions are still cool and wet - this slows down growth and results in poorer crops. Wait another week or so, and you’ll get faster growth.
*        Keep the vegetable garden weed free
*        Complete early sowings of root crops
*        Plant cabbage, cauliflower, silverbeet, lettuces - put in a few each time to give succession cropping
*        Sow spinach, silver beet, peas, parsnips, onions, carrots, turnips, lettuce, radish, leeks, parsley, and at the end of the month beans and beetroot
*        Sow seed sparingly as to sow more than required is a waste of seed. Sowing seed thickly leads to weak and spindly plants due to overcrowding.
*        Apply compost and fertiliser into the garden
*        Fertilise strawberry plants with all purpose product

Sow outside: 
Peas: small sowings for early crops
Spinach: first of succession sowings
Silverbeet:  early sowing
Spring onions: good for intercropping
Lettuce: first of succession sowings
Dwarf beans: about 100 mm apart in a double row
Scarlet runner bean: against a fence or climbing structure
Parsnips: use only fresh seed otherwise poor results
Carrots: early varieties followed by a main crop
Radish: succession planting every 2-3 weeks
Beetroot: both globe and cylindrical (best for bottling)
Leeks: in a seedbed for later transplanting
Cabbages: small sowings in a seedbed on monthly basis
Cauliflower: small sowings in a seedbed on monthly basis
Onions: for pickling and main crop
Sweetcorn: sow late in period

Flower Garden
*        Sow annual flower seedlings in sheltered places
*        Place compost and mulch on the garden
*        Plant out annuals in well prepared parts of the garden, Alyssum, Pansies, Stocks,   Cornflowers, and Violas
*        Sow new lawns or small patches that need repairing
*        Prune flowering trees and shrubs
*        Feed Roses with Rose Fertiliser
*        Apply a general garden protective spray
*        Control weeds

Bulbs to plant

Gladioli: they like 90 days to flower
Dahlias; plant tubers with some stems still attached
Callas: now a major export crop
Autumn crocus: these are great plants
Nerines:  for hot dry locations and autumn colour 


*        Plant tomatoes in glasshouse
*        Sow marrows, cucumbers, pumpkins, pepinos, eggplant and peppers

*        Spray peach and nectarine trees with copper based sprays
*        Apply citrus fertiliser to lemons
*        Very early in spring spray with all seasons spraying oil before buds burst
*        Prepare for a preventative spray programme
*        Plant out strawberry plants if not already done.

*        Apply a slow release lawn fertiliser
*        Mow lawns regularly from now on
Sow spring grass seed if required.

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