Time to prepare for summer's bounty
Lambs appearing in the paddocks, bulbs popping their heads out of the ground, a lawn mower humming. It can mean only one thing - spring is here, and that means that its time to think about a vegetable garden.
Planting a vegetable garden is sustainable for so many reasons: You can recycle your kitchen and garden scraps into compost that will in turn feed your garden (avoid plastic bags and food packaging); reduce your travel to and from the shops; provide fresh food that is full of taste, free from sprays and has virtually no food miles.
Vegetable gardens can be made in a variety of places - a sunny corner of your section, in planter boxes on the patio, in a glasshouse, in pots, or even just in the gaps between your shrubs and flowers.
August is a great time to germinate tomato seeds indoors and plant vegetable seeds in trays. You can also do some planting this month, including cabbage, spinach, onion, peas, swedes and parsnips.
For a garden calendar of which vegetables and herbs to plant each month, visit gardengrow.co.nz. You can also sign up there for email reminders or download a planting app.
There's an abundance of information about growing vegetables, herbs and fruit available in magazines, books, on the internet and at garden centres, so if you need some help, just ask. For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre.
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The Southland Times