The weather has been amazing lately and we’ve really been celebrating spring here at EFW HQ, as you may have noticed from our last few blogs and promotions!
It’s the perfect time to be planting certain plants, fruits and vegetables right now, and for this
week’s blog we thought we’d take a look at our garden once again with a spring planting guide.
The soil is warming with the rise in temperatures and for most of us, our last frost has passed,
which means it’s a great time to put in the ground! Tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum, chilli, eggplant, any beans (bush and climbing especially), zucchini and cucumbers, pumpkins and melon fruits.
For those in the southern areas where it’s still a little cold, eggplants and melons are the crops
that need the most heat, so leave those as late as you can to plant. For hotter areas up north, the warmer crops such as ginger, cardamom, turmeric and galangal can all be planted now, as well as those banana trees!
It’s also a good time for your herbs- coriander fennel, lemongrass, mint, parsley, chives, basil and tarragon will all thrive now, whether planted from seed or a cutting.
Evergreens work well right now almost anywhere across Australia- citrus, guavas, avocados,
mangoes and macadamia trees should all do well if planted or put in at this time. Make sure you
account for frost, heat and rainfall when choosing your trees and make sure you always rewet dry soil with an organic wetting agent. Always make sure you have a checklist of what to do to keep
your crops healthy and thriving at their best. Be sure to always water deeply (think a good long
drink) and use a natural mulch cover to maintain moisture- especially as it gets hotter. Fertilising
is important now as nutrients are leached easily in warmer weather and this helps to replenish
those lost goodies (this is like the meal for the plant). It’s also important to keep your compost
moist in the warmer months and make sure you turn it regularly so it keeps breaking down that
waste into healthy nutrients for your plants later on. Also be sure to protect your plants with
shade cloths on hot days and make sure any irrigation systems or drainpipes are working well and unblocked as this helps if you collect rainwater for the garden (if you don’t already- it’s a good
habit to take up as you have a direct source by way of your guttering system in your house- and it will motivate you to keep those gutters clear, too!)
Container growing is ideal for those of us that might not have so much space for putting in crops and herb gardens, or as an alternative where soil quality is poor or where pests/the elements
make gardening difficult. Grow bags, hanging planters and larger pots are great for housing
bigger crops such as strawberries, greens and bunched herbs and of course smaller pots are
great for spring onions and smaller herbs. Make sure your potting mix is good-quality,
organic soil and use a natural, seaweed-based fertiliser such as Seasol.
Your most important factor here will be adequate drainage for your crops- make sure you aerate your soil and all containers have drainage holes- you can test this by running water through the
soil and adding an extra hole if needed. The advantage of container garden is that your plants can be moved easily to shield them from weather conditions and you can also use exclusion fabrics
to protect them from pests. The portability of a herb garden is great for your kitchen.
Here at EFW HQ we have the garden close to us so that it is easy to harvest herbs or veggies as
needed. Once you start producing for yourself, you’ll find you want to become even more self-sufficient- and we can vouch for the fact that homegrown food tastes all the better because
you’ve helped produce it and eliminated a whole lot of food and packaging waste along the way!
Of course our reusable beeswax wraps are great for storing cut fruit and vegetables in the
fridge- check out our current designs and prints to customise them to suit your own personal
Until next week, Eco Wrappers! Have fun in the garden!