Although the weather still is so unsettled, with days of glorious sun and blue sky suddenly being followed by a cold snap or two with lots of rain, it is just such a wonderful time of year.
Spring is so full of promise.
As seedlings get nurtured to develop out of sown seeds, all the dreams of lush greenery and succulent produce are being slowly unwrapped, due to the promise of warmer months ahead. Bliss.
Current Gardening Activities
Keep any seedlings now appearing in seed trays warm, watered and fed over the next little while and you will enjoy good results.
Don't be tempted to plant them out in the actual garden just yet. By the time October comes around you will benefit from your patience, rather than potentially face unproductive and sad consequences due to haste.
Tomatoes, capsicum, beans that you have planted in seedling trays will continue to do their best, whilst they are nurtured indoors and kept from the threat of any frosts that are still prevalent.
The Moon Calendar
According to the current moon calendar, from Monday 16th September to Tuesday 17th September, treat your plants to liquid fertilizer.
From Tuesday 17th September through to Saturday 21st September, it is a good time to focus on cultivation.
In the following photographs, you can see a garden bed being prepared ready for future planting.
The quality of your soil helps determine the quality of your crops. Time taken to cultivate and feed your soil is very much time worth spending.
Prepare the soil and garden beds for the crops you are looking to put in next, by adding compost and fertilizer, as is appropriate for that anticipated crop.
Making Your Own Liquid Fertilizer
I currently have two large covered buckets which are brewing specific liquid fertilizers for our garden.
A friend gave me the remnants of some fish leftover after filleting them, so these were placed in one bucket and covered with water to produce a Fish Liquid Fertilizer.
I also have harvested Comfrey planted in the garden previously and placed several lots of Comfrey leaves in water to produce Comfrey Tea.
Depending on what you have access to, you might like to make your own liquid fertilizer to feed your garden also.
Comfrey leaves, Fish Remnants, Worm Castings (if you have a Worm Farm) are just some of the things that can all be used to create liquid fertilizers for the garden.
Simply add water to cover them and to full the container, and then leave the mix to brew away over time.
Make sure the lid of the container is securely in place. An accidental spill, for instance from a bucket of concentrated fish fertilizer, is definitely not the most pleasant of aromas nor the most pleasant of messes to clean up!
When it comes time to use the liquid from your brewed mixture, I would highly recommend taking a portion of the mixture and then adding extra water to it prior to applying it in the garden, as it may well be too concentrated otherwise.
Better to water the brew concentration down prior to applying, rather than risk killing plants and therefore miss out on potential crops due to applying too high a concentration of a good thing.
Enjoy the changes in your garden as they begin to occur more and more from now on. Spring is such a great season. The sights. The smells. Bliss.