Spring Clean

dsc_0060Spring is a great time to pull on the wellies start slapping on the sunscreen and get out in the great outdoors.

Now that the weather is starting to improve and its the best time to get into the garden to get your property ready for all those beautiful blooms and growth of spring and the searing heat that summer will bring.

Rake and clear any dead leaves and other debris around your property. Clear out leaves from the gutters. This decomposing material is great to add to the compost or to throw on garden beds as mulch.

Around the house wash down the dirt and filth from the house,  wipe away all the old cobwebs. Surface spray to hopefully banish all the little creepy crawlies that might try and enter the house. (cockroaches and spiders eeeeek)

Drag out all the garden tools. Clean and maintain and work out if anything needs replacing. Change the whipper snipper cord, make sure you are fuelled and ready to go with the mower. Once that warm weather kicks in it will be mowers a mowing all over the neighbourhood.

Don’t forget to make sure all still water is regularly emptied out of vessels. With all the spring rain that happens at this time of the year there is usually a lot of water lying around- a great breeding ground for mozzies!

Repot and fertilise pot plants.

Spread that fertiliser and blood and bone around- your neighbours and all the neighbourhood dogs will LOVE it!!

Dig up and divide perennials – and to give them a boost water in with a seaweed solution.

WHAT TO PLANT: once the last frost has been and gone, plant with wild abandon.

In cool climates like the Blue Mountains,  now is the time to start planting:

Artichoke, Asparagus, Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbages, Capsicums, Carrots, Celery, Chives, Cucumber, Leeks, Lettuce, Oregano, Parsley, Peas and Snow Peas, Spuds, pumpkin, radish, rocket, shallots, silver beet, spring onions, squash, sunflowers, sweet corn, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini.