All the gardening lifehacks you need for the arrival of Spring:
1. Sow carrots. If you want straight carrots, plant them in deep soil that’s free of lumps, bumps, sticks and stones. Old-timers used to go so far as to sieve their soil before sowing carrots to keep them on the straight and narrow. Sow carrot seeds in moist soil in a shallow trench about 1cm deep.
2. Jazz up your menu with fresh herbs. As soon as the weather perks up in spring, so do perennial herbs. Although wait until October to sow basil, coriander and parsley. Now though, start planting classic woody herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme. If you’ve been growing mint, give it a tidy-up now – cutting it back to ground level. It quickly bounces back.
3. Start sowing heirloom tomato seeds. Tomatoes are traditionally planted at Labour Weekend, which is 7 weeks away. It’s too cold to plant tomatoes outdoors yet (although you can if you have a glasshouse), but you can start sowing the seeds in trays on a sunny windowsill.
4. Spray your fruit trees. If you want to avoid leaf curl on your peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds, they should be sprayed fortnightly with copper oxychloride.
5. If you’re not a keen gardener, try growing baby varieties in pots in a sunny spot by your door. Easy as. Really not keen to get your hands dirty? Get to your local farmers market and enjoy the colours. Eat seasonal foods and remember, green vegetables help strengthen your liver and kidneys.
And if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps post winter, add more veges into your diet for a fortnight, it’s been scientifically proven to make you feel happier.
And as the spring lambs bounce, the trees blossom and daffodils sprout, keep that positive frame of mind! The most powerful thing of all.