How To Cultivate Your Green Thumb This Spring
The arrival of spring is a great opportunity to dust off your gardening gloves and cultivate your green thumb.
At the House with No Bills, Alyssa Zimmerman has taken on the role of the head gardener. Since moving into the home, she has learnt all about gardening sustainably. When not at school, she’s busy selecting new seasonal produce to grow in the family’s garden.
According to Alyssa, planning is essential to cultivating a spring garden.
“A great place to start is to figure out the average rainfall in spring and sunlight exposure in your city, as this will determine what kinds of herbs and vegetables you can grow,” she says.
Here are Alyssa’s four essential tips on how to prepare your outdoor space for spring:
“Clean, clean, clean"
Spring is a great time to clean your garden and remove all the debris, no matter how small! Get rid of any weeds and make sure that you get right to the roots, so that they won't grow back.
Soil can dry out winter, which can make it difficult to grow new crops. Spring is a good time to add moisture so that soil is revitalised and ready for planting. Try adding compost to increase the health of the soil, and it will increase the life of your plants, too.
Plant new flowers and shrubs
Once you've got your garden soil in shape, it's time to turn your attention to new produce. Vegetables like lettuce, capsicum and cucumber can all be planted in spring, to then be enjoyed in the warmer months.
Don’t forget to look ahead!
Once your spring garden is up and running, don’t forget to look ahead and decide what to plant next season, so that you can continue to enjoy the benefits of growing and eating seasonal, sustainable food.”