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Gardening is a favourite pastime of Cheap Sheds customers as well as our own team. Company founder Krisztian has a qualification in agriculture and a strong passion for gardening (so it’s not just Garden Sheds we obsess about).  And since Spring has sprung we wanted to share some of our gardening tips for what plants to add to your garden this season.

Spring is a great time to start a vegetable garden or new garden beds, or alternatively spruce them up with new additions. Now is the time to start planting your vegetables and seeds so they are ready for summer!

Vegetables

Early spring is ideal for planting your vegetables, whether it’s in the garden or in a sunny window box. Vegetables to plant now include:

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is easy to grow and does not require a vegetable garden. It can be planted in containers or on the borders of flower planters. Lettuce seeds should be planted in early spring as soon as you can work the soil.

Things to note:

~Lettuce does not need to be placed in starter pots before planting in soil.
~Lettuce can grow in partial shade or direct sunlight.
~Sow seeds under just enough soil to cover them.
~Keep seedlings 10 inches apart when they reach two inches in height.

2. Sugar Snap Peas

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Sugar snap peas are a popular vegetable due to its favourable eating qualities and great to grow in your garden. It grows best in the cooler temperatures of spring and can even live through mild frosts, so plant them as early as possible when the soil is workable.

Things to note:

  • Stakes and string or wire trellises provide the structure peas need to stand straight.
  • Harvest peas consistently so they continually produce more pea pods.
  • Peas need direct sunlight.
  • Keep soil well drained
  • Will not grow well in hot weather

3. Tomatoes

Spring is the best time to plant your tomatoes, as they will thrive in the warmer weather to come. It takes about 3 months to grow to maturity and they can be planted in pots, troughs or even hanging baskets.

Tomatoes can be grown in all climate zones in Australia but method will vary depending on temperatures.

Things to note:

  • They can grow in any soil but requires feeding i.e. nutrients/ fertiliser
  • Soil needs to be well drained
  • In cooler climates it’s best to grow seeds in trays, and plant out in deep holes 4-6 weeks
  • Needs sun, at least 6 hours a day
  • Require protection from strong winds
  • They need support so ensure you have adequate stakes
  • Need to be watered regularity when new, then once a week

4. Radishes

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Radishes grow quickly and are ready to harvest within a few weeks. They should be planted just after the last frost in your region.

Things to note:

  • Cover seeds with half of an inch of soil and pack it down.
  • Once the plants have three leaves, remove some so that they stand an inch apart.

5. Carrots

Carrots are a hardy root vegetable and takes about 3 weeks to show and the first leaves looks like grass.

Things to note:

  • It grows well in deep cool soil
  • In hotter or dry areas, water well before seeding then cover with boards to maintain the moisture and cool soil
  • Don’t over fertilise because it will produce split roots.
  • It is best to put carrots in a different area of the garden each year for four or five years.

 

Flowers

Now that spring is here, add some colour to the garden now to give it a quick make over by planting some flowering spring annuals. Also plant those flowers which will give you joy when flowering later in the warmer seasons.

Try some of the following flowers:

6. Dahlias

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Dahlias can be grown in late spring and do well in containers or in the ground. They need full sunlight in the morning and shade in the afternoon.

If you want to plant them and you live in Victoria it’s a good idea to plant them late spring- first week of November to avoid frost and if you are in a sub-tropical climate such as Qld, they can be planted early September.

Things to note:

  • Keep soil damp.
  • Be aware of local conditions, it is advisable only to plant when the soil temperature is on the rise and the risk of frost is over.
  • Remember they have to be supported with either a stake or a trellis
  • Do not water excessively but daily application is recommended

7. Coleus

Coleus is a plant with bright, colourful leaves. Plant it in late spring from seeds or from seedlings. It needs full shade and well-drained, moist soil.

Coleuses are also quite striking when they are planted in a container and grown as a houseplant

Things to note:

  • Generally a warm position with good filtered light is best
  • Regular watering is essential, but be careful not to ‘over water’
  • Do not crowd coleus close together. They spread out to about 16 inches across.
  • Do not keep your indoor coleus in the dark though.
  • Place them near a window that gets 6 or more hours of sunlight per day.

8. Million Bells

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Million Bells’ flower look like beautiful bells and are very similar to petunias. Plant it in late spring for flowers through summer and early autumn.

Things to note:

  • Keep soil moist and do not allow plants to dry out
  • If growing in pots, use a well drained, organically rich potting mix
  • It needs full to partial sunlight
  • Water sufficiently but not excessively if planted in the ground
  • For best results when growing in containers, keep plants slightly moist

9. Evolvulus

Evolvulus has small, round blue flowers that are similar to morning glories. It grows well in containers or gardens. It is a low growing plant, and the flowers tend to close in the afternoon. It can be grown annually if you live in tropical climate.

It is very low-maintenance and can withstand extreme heat. Plant it in late spring in full sunlight.

Things to note:

  • Grows well in almost any soil.
  • Likes rich, well drained soil
  • Needs average watering but thrives with additional watering
  • It is a very easy ground cover plant which is fairly drought resistant

10. Pansies

Pansies are annuals and can be planted any season however plant them in spring and you will be pleased with the colourful display by summer. Pansies are known well for their vibrant and flamboyant coloured flowers with happy little faces- very cat like.

There are six colour forms in the collection called Felix, Merlot, Rosie, Ruben, Sapphire and Violet.

They can be planted in pots or in a flowerbed.

Things to note:

  • If in a garden bed grow them in sunny position with protection from extreme heat
  • They need nutrient rich soil so use compost or plant food to keep them happy
  • If potted keep them in a sunny spot and water them regularly with a liquid plant food.
  • To keep them flowering pick off or remove old flower heads

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