Spring begins with a pea

By Andrew Clarke

Harmony Garden Centre

FINALLY, spring is here and it is the perfect time to get into the garden.

At Harmony Garden Centre, we are packed to the rafters with veggie seeds and plants, ready for this busy time of year.

Tomatoes are the highlight of spring planting.

This season, you’ll be pleased to find a resurgence of your old favourites, alongside some new and exciting varieties.

Bite-sized cherry tomatoes are perfect picked straight from the vine and they are so bursting with flavour that they literally explode in your mouth.

However, it’s still very early for tomato planting, unless you have a hothouse or a very protected area.

I like to wait until Show Day, but you could start a few plants off in pots, ready to plant out as the weather warms up.

It’s also time to get cracking in the veggie plot, as this is probably the most important time for sowing or planting vegetables.

This includes Asian greens, beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, capsicum, carrots, cucumber (be careful not to over water), eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, onions, parsnip, peas, pumpkins, squash, radish, spinach, swede, potato, strawberries, sweet potato, tomato, turnip, zucchini and sweet corn.

Spring is also the perfect time to sow peas and what a fabulously easy crop to grow.

Peas are best sown directly into the garden from seed. Prepare the soul with lime and organic matter.

Dig your trench about 30 to 40-centimetres deep and wide, then top up with a premium organic veggie mix.

Add a few handfuls of blood and bone, along with another generous application of lime.

Pea plants require loose and airy soil that drains well and is in a sunny location – six to eight hours of direct sunlight every day.

The work is done – just add water, keep moist (not wet) and wait for an abundant harvest.