We can’t wait to have our own community gardens, fruit trees and even a mini orchard ready on Rangitahi for everyone to enjoy! We’re busy planting various citrus, avocado and other fruit trees on the peninsula, and we’ve also been busy setting up our grape orchard, a place for our residents to wander through and pick their own table grapes! Come and visit the peninsula and you might be able to spot it. More on this soon, but in the meantime, here’s some Spring gardening tips to help get your garden abundant and thriving for the warmer months!
Renew your soil
After their long winter rest, most plants need a good feed in spring to set them up for all that new growth. Add organic matter back to your soil; a sprinkle of compost, animal manure such as sheep pellets or seaweed along with some blood and bone around the root zone of trees, shrubs and perennials.
Soil is the foundation of your garden, so make sure you prepare your garden beds with plenty of compost before planting your spring crops. (You can get great organic compost from Kahu’s Nest in Raglan!)
Plant your spring crops
Firstly, make sure to remove your winter crops from the garden or vege patch to make room for the new season crop and fresh blooms for the bees.
Good crops for planting in spring include: beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, celery, lettuce, peas, potatoes, spinach, and spring onions. Other key summer crops you can plant when it’s really warming up include tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes and capsicums.
Spring time is also a great time to grow plants from seed, just make sure to check packet instructions first as some seeds are better sown straight into the garden like peas, beans and carrots.
In the flower garden
It’s also a great time to plant up pots, troughs or garden beds with pretty flowering annuals to lift the garden out of it’s winter state and into a colourful bee sanctuary. Alyssum and calendula are great bee attractants, and other easy care annuals include calendula, pansy, petunia, sweet peas and zinnia.
We look forward to seeing our community enjoy the benefits of growing their own produce and incorporate vege gardens in their backyards! Raised garden beds are a great design for a vegetable garden, as not only do they look great, keep things looking tidy and are incredibly convenient, they also allow for less weeds, better water retention, and naturally better soil is maintained in garden beds. So get designing! We’ve included some inspo images to help get you started.
Happy gardening, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!