You may have a bunch of questions, So what do you plant? Where do you start on your list? Well stress no more, we are here to help. We have provided you with this awesome list of our own spring favourites so you don’t have to search any further!
1) Cape Gooseberry– Around our house they are called natures lollies for they are sweet little delicious balls of awesomeness wrapped in a little paper lantern. Kids love them, Adults love them… good luck resisting the temptation to eat them straight away and actually getting these bad boys into the kitchen!
2) Violas– I mention these heaps in my blog entries because they are the best flower- possibly ever- in my opinion. The entire plant is edible, high in vitamins a & C , Antioxidants and Anthocyanins. So pretty and nutritionally dense.
3) Heirloom Tomatoes– From Beefsteak to Black Russian, Green Zebra or multi coloured cherry tomatoes. The heirloom varieties are coming back into fashion with due cause. Packed full of flavour and goodness, these beauties will add some colour to your plate and a smile to your dial.
4) Snow Peas & Sugar snap peas – Another goodie the little ones will love to eat straight off the vine. These climbing plants are an absolute must for any suburban backyard farmer.
5) Freckle face Lettuce– Speckled spotty freckles are on the cos like green leaves adding colour and contrast to your usual boring lettuces!
6) Cucumber- Lebanese cucumbers are great to grow over the side of your raised garden bed or raised veggie patch, they can grow up a trellis, across the ground or down the side of your colour bond raised vegetable garden- if you don’t have a raised veggie patch ask us how you can get one today!
7) Rocket, Mizuna, English spinach– To complement your freshly picked garden salad don’t forget to grow some gourmet salad greens! These favourites are actually a year round grower but mentioning them cannot be overlooked when making your spring planting list. Don’t forget to add some edible weeds to the salad mix.
8) Celery– Averaging $8 a bunch from your local organic grocer this vegetable can be easily grown in the home veggie patch. Harvest the outer leaves as needed and a few plants will last your entire family months. As number 2 on the dirty dozen list it’s much cheaper and safer to grow you own. Don’t forget to grow your celery for free from you organic scraps rather than forking out for some seeds or seedlings.
9) Strawberries– Comes in at Number 5 on the dirty dozen list. These sweet red fruits are so easy to grow, place them in a sunny position along a rockery or the edge of your vegi patch. Interplant with thyme for flavour enhancement and to deter pests.
10) Sweet Potato– They grow underground but the vine can make a lovely climber. The leaves are also edible so don’t forget to add some to your steamed greens and salads.
If you would like more info on the dirty dozen please visit http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/food/what-are-the-dirty-dozen-and-the-clean-fifteen/
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