Weathersfield Organics Spring Newsletter

We have had  a fairly good Spring weatherwise, except for the cool night temperatures which are making it difficult to get capsicums, capsicums and egg plants under way and basil is very slow to grow. Note that Weathersfield do not force our plants allowing them to grow at a speed appropriate to the temperature. To get the plants mentioned growing strongly we need consistent night temperature above 15 degrees. It is the drop in night time temperatures that stops them in their tracks.

Yes we miss out on sales to gardeners who are impatient to get their spring garden up and running, but it is better to plant a little later and have success rather than buy forced plants which collapse, with many beginning gardeners blaming themselves for the failure, not realising that the lovely big plants they purchased had not been hardened off sufficiently to survive in the open garden.

It does have to be said however that the many lovely Spring days we are having woo us into gardening but spend your dollars and time planting things that will be happy with the weather, beans, tomatoes, members of the cucumber family, lettuces especially lovely the cooler sunny weather so don’t be in too much of a hurry, late planting usually catch up and pass early ones which have had a weather check. .

Take heart, the weather is more settled although we could do without the wind up here in the northern parts of the “Super City”

Beans should be racing away, the first potatoes ready to harvest and your asparagus patch soon  be left to fern up to feed the roots for next year’s crop. 

The bees are busy (we have a few hives here at the nursery) and there is a trend towards urban bee keeping which will help with fertilising of crops in home gardens. They are fascinating to watch and if we were as smart as they are, the world would not be in the state is currently in.

We have just added edamame beans to our range, Called a super food, these are soy beans which are eaten as babies either raw or cooked.

If you grow kumara, get the cuttings in now. Not hard to grow, reverse what you do for potatoes and away they go. Make a nice raised row or hillock and plant in the top, about 30 cm apart. I did not pull mine, harvesting when I wanted a feed, this way they store nicely as long as you do not have a rat problem and if you pull them just before cooking, no peeling required, just wash and cook.

Picking strawberries and broad beans ( pasta tonight)  now and the peas are slowing down because of the hotter days. Have you got all the crops in that you wish to harvest for the festive season.

Don't forget to mulch mulch mulch to keep all the lovely Spring rain trapped in the soil and to keep our hidden army well feed and working. It is easier to feed the soil and much more beneficial than to feed the plants!!

Hope we don't have a drought after Christmas,
Pru Broughton

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