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Spring Into The New Season!

Story: Philip Woods
Aug 21, 2019
Spring  into the new Season!
Finally winter is over! As the days steadily grow longer and the weather becomes warmer, it’s the perfect time to get out into your garden!

The benefits of gardening are well-known. It’s a great way to stay physically active; gentle activities, such as spreading some mulch, mixing compost, preparing sumptuous soil, pruning plants and trees or even mowing the lawn, will raise your heart rate and stretch your muscles, helping you to live longer!

It’s likely that we’ve all heard the adage, ‘gardening soothes the soul’, so to be active in your garden will indeed provide a way to relax, reflect, and find a sense of calm in an increasingly erratic world.

Surely though, the greatest benefit of gardening is the produce – a seasonal harvest of tasty treats to cook with and enjoy! Growing and cooking with your own food adds a diversity of nutrients and flavours to your diet. It also helps the environment, by reducing the impact of large-scale food production and reducing the ‘food-miles’ of what we consume.

Buying locally grown, seasonal produce is surprisingly easy. Try shopping for your groceries at local farmers markets, rather than at the big supermarket chains, where fruit and vegetables are often imported, or transported from other parts of the country on fuel-guzzling trucks.

Growing your own food is so rewarding! Build yourself a garden bed in a sunny spot in your yard; remove any turf, turn over the soil to a depth of around 30cm, add some organic matter, such as cow manure or compost, sprinkle with some blood and bone, add some lime and mix well.

Give your new veggie patch a couple of weeks to settle in, watering occasionally, and you’ll be ready to plant your crops!

If you don’t have the space or you are renting, then pop some fruit trees in pots; there are lots of dwarf varieties available that will happily grow in a large pot, and you can take them with you if you move.

Grow and eat with the seasons, you’ll love it!