Are you excited about the change from Winter to Spring? For me it is THE most highly anticipated of the seasons changes. I know that I am not alone in this. The move from Winter to Spring generates excitement and enthusiasm in gardeners everywhere as the promise of bountiful harvests begin to tumble around your mind. Are you one of those who also eagerly anticipates the return of warm weather and a bounty of fast growing produce?
As Spring approaches it is time to begin to think about what you will grow in Spring and Summer and create a plan.
Spring is the primary season for planting in my vegetable garden. Vegetables and herbs planted in Spring and Summer grow so very fast in comparison to the (almost painful) slow growth of Winter. While we do plant and grow vegetables across the entire year, the volume ramps up in Spring, possibly due to the anticipation of what is to come from the garden in the following months.
Planning your seasonal garden planting ensures that:
- you have seeds or seedlings ready to go into the ground at the right time of year.
- This provides maximum time for growth and fruit production during the ideal weather for that particular plant
- you have a steady supply of produce to collect from the garden to add to family meals
- there is a check to determine what was planted in the area previously.
- Ensure that you avoid planting the same things in the same space year after year
- you think about the space you have available for planting so that you do not under or over plant
- you can compare last year and make suitable adjustments based on your previous experience
The basic planning approach for planting seeds from Spring through to Summer is outlined below. What is now an intuitive process for me began as shown in this table:
|Winter||Spring -4 wks||Create a plan of what you will plant and order seeds if required|
|Spring -2 wks||Plant Spring seeds in seed raising trays in a sheltered warm location & water as required|
|Spring||wk 1||Water and protect seeds from cold. Don’t leave seeds outdoors. Prepare the garden soil for planting. Add compost and well rotted manure|
|wk 2||Plant seeds into the garden if they are large enough at this point in time. Protect seedlings with a cloche if frost remains a danger|
|wk 3||Plant seeds of more greens – lettuce, rocket etc to ensure a continuous harvest|
|wk 10||Plant tomato seeds and other Summer seeds of choice into seed raising trays in a warm sheltered position|
|wk 11-12||Water seeds as required and protect from high heat|
|Summer||wk 2||Plant seedlings into the garden when there are 3 leaves on the plant|
Make a note of the activities in your diary to keep track of them until you get into the swing of things. After a while it will become intuitive.
Note that for various reasons, such as the variety of vegetable, soil temperature and care received, the seeds that you plant may not be ready to add to the garden (or a pot) in the week outlined above. It is a general guide, not an exact instruction so if your timing varies it does not indicate that you are doing something wrong.
The timing I have outlined is based on raising vegetables and herbs from seed rather than planting established plants. Ensure that the soil in seed raising trays is kept moist – not wet. The soil should not be allowed to dry out completely.
Have you begun planning for Spring vegetable planting yet?
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