My husband and I run a small mixed farm on the Mornington Peninsula. You can check us out online at heritagefarm.com.au or in person at our fortnightly tours
Published September 16th 2013
It's well and truly Spring now, and with the weather beginning to warm, most gardens are thriving. The grass is requiring more mowing than I would like, and mozzies are starting to come out and play. To compensate, the sunshine has meant I can get out in the yard in a t-shirt and shorts. My favourite plants are all doing well:budding, blossoming and generally brilliant.
My current favourite: Crimson Flowered Broad Beans. Beautiful now, tasty later
Peonies and Delphiniums are re-sprouting from their winter dormancy and will be in full flower before too long. I'm about to plant sunflowers along my front fence, and I'm debating between violets and hellebores in a shaded area where not much else is thriving.
Bean and tomato seeds are being planted as we speak, and the early amongst us will have tips poking through the ground all ready. What else are you planting? Eggplants, capsicums, basil? Or are you going even more adventurous and trying melons and luffas? For more ideas, check out Gardening Australia's Plant Finder here.
I think my favourite part of Spring gardening is watching deciduous fruit trees come alive again. I know that soon the blossoms on my peach tree will lead to leaves, and that my bright green pomegranate will burst into bright red flower.