Spring has sprung (time to get digging)

Happiness is... spring flowers of any kind.

From late August, much of Australia can cheer up considerably and return outdoors. I’ve written before about the benefits of growing stuff when it comes to educating your kids about where food comes from. And I’ve also admitted that I am possibly the crappiest of slap-dash gardeners, but this year I’m going to give it a super-good try. I’ve found some new, fantastic resources that I’m following. There’s Gardening4Kids which offers great activities (and a shop), The Little Veggie Patch Co has a stack of info too (plus a super cute logo). If you’re getting more technical and serious, then Sustainable Gardening Australia is another good resource.

Generally, I stick to basic herbs, beans and cherry tomatoes. I find I can manage them well. The kids can see results and enjoy picking and eating them straight from the vines. I’ve had some disheartening disasters with larger vegies, but I’m sure once I get settled in this new house I’ll be inspired to get digging. I’ve got my favourite gardening books on hand – Lolo Houbein’s ‘One Magic Square’ and Alan Buckinghan’s ‘Vegie Patch’. This second one in particular is a good beginner book, telling me exactly what to do each month of the year. His advice for late August/early September is promising – plant in some strawberries, peas, carrots and lettuces. I reckon I can manage that. How about you?

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    Caroline said,

    It sounds like you are well on your way to a great, kid-friendly garden. Herbs, beans and cherry tomatoes are all great vegies for children to grow. We’ve got some purple peas growing both here at home and at school and they are proving to be quite popular too. I look forward to hearing more about your garden as it grows and hopefully seeing some photos…. (hint, hint)

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    Sounds great! we’ve just started our vegie patch too, but so far have staeted with capsicum and onion seedlings. Once we get the other beds ready I’m looking forward to expanding. Also need to put some snail traps out once the rain subsides (dig a plastic up in so it’s level with the soil, and half fill with beer. They’re attracted to the yeast smell, then can’t get out. Just piff them into the bin in the morning)


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