September 18th, 2008
Spring is definitely in our midst – the fruit trees are blossoming and fruit is on the way, so farewell to frostbite and time to get your spring seeds in. For some tips on seed raising soil, hop into the discussion on sustainable gardening, and check out Diggers and Eden Seeds for a huge variety seeds, including traditional and non-hybrid varieties.
Seeds to get in now include:
Herbs: Rocket, Basil, Coriander, Thyme, Calendula, Chamomile, Dandelion, Wormwood, Parlsey, Sage, Anise, Rosemary…
Vegetables: Salad greens, Celery, Bok Choy, Silverbeet, Cabbage, Climbing beans, 7 year beans, Capsicum, Eggplant, Tomato, Corn, Capers, Okra, Parsnip, Radish, Beetroot, Yam, Pumpkin.
Fruit: Melons! Like pumpkin, give them plenty of sprawling space.
Many seeds respond well to the warming weather, so it might be a good time to try your hand at native seeds. I was delighted to see several desert roses coming up in trays this week – a beautiful desert hardy shrub. Seeds for these are available from Pamela at the community market, where you will also have a chance to buy various seedlings from the list above.
It’s also an ideal time to recycle some greens, collect some manure (not exactly a shortage of that in town), some hay and get your super easy hot compost going so that you have luscious garden beds for planting out your spring seedlings.