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Spring Gardening Retirement Village Auckland

Spring has sprung! The small plants and herbs you can plant right now

Spring is a wonderful time for the garden – blossoms and flowers are blooming and there is just the right amount of sunshine (and rain) to help things grow! And even if you don’t have a lot of space, there are still plenty of choices when it comes to the plants and herbs you can pop in the garden or patio pots right now. 

Flowers galore 

From petunias to daisies, pansies, dahlias and gladiolus, an abundance of potted colour will be proudly on display at your local garden centre and there’s nothing quite like refreshing your planters with bright spring flowers. 

Spring is also ideal for sowing seeds like alyssum, marigold, impatiens, snapdragons, sweet pea, plus many more! By planting seeds now, you’ll be able to enjoy them when summer arrives. 

And don’t forget to keep dead-heading flowers to prolong flowering. 

Fresh herbs on the menu 

Herbs are great for not only greenery in the garden (or on the kitchen bench) but they are also perfect to add flavour to your cooking. They simply smell good too! 

If you want to set up a spring herb garden, consider parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, basil, dill, mint and oregano. And if you aren’t able to consume them as fast as they grow, you can always harvest it to dry on racks in the shade and then pop in an airtight container to use later (or pass onto a friend). You can also chop it up small and pop it in your ice cube trays with water. Once frozen you can use the ‘herb blocks’ in cooking, or as a refreshing addition to a summer drink! 

Summer eating 

Easily grown in planters and pots, there’s just something so satisfying about harvesting your own food from the garden. So now’s the time to get your tomato and strawberry plants in. 

Don’t forget to cover your strawberry plants with netting, to keep the birds away when the fruit starts to arrive.

If you have a garden bed, you could also plant and grow some other popular spring crops, like beans, beetroot, broccoli, carrots, celery, lettuce, peas, potatoes, spinach and spring onions. Yum! 

Sow the lawn 

If you think your lawn could do with a bit of patch repair, spring is the ideal time to do it – it’s not too hot or cold, and there is usually rain aplenty (regular watering is really important to get the seeds to sprout!) At Greenview Park, residents don’t need to worry about lawn care, as the operator takes care of everything.

There’s a variety of options, depending on whether you need to do a large section, or just a couple of ‘balding’ spots. So have a chat with the experts at your local garden centre, they’ll be able to guide you on the products you need to use (and the preparation work you may have to do to get the best results).

If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch here.

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