You can’t beat this time of year when the cold gives way to sunshine and more daylight.
This is the start of our busiest time on the farm. On our list of jobs to do is:
- Preparing the vegie patch for planting
- Fertilise the garden
- Preparation for the fire season
- Bug maintenance
The start of spring is a great time to start your garden fertilising routine. I like to start with a slow release fertiliser and liquid Seasol at the start of the season, then I fertilise on a monthly basis from then onwards for all my plants and lawn. I like to use:
- Dynamic lifter
- Blood n’ bone
- Chicken manure
This is also when I start preparing my vegie patch for planting. I can’t plant until mid to late October, as it is still too cold on the farm and no seed will grow. But this doesn’t mean I can’t start my preparation by adding extra nutrients into the soil now, to give my vegies the best start when the soil starts to warm.
Now is also the time to look at your lawn. We like to start with mowing the lawn first week in September on a high cut, followed by a mow in two weeks on a low setting and this is when we also fertilise. But even if you don’t have acreage like me, give your lawn a mow, aerate with a garden fork, throw on some compost and water it in. Your lawn with love it.
Although I fertilise my plants on a monthly basis, I also like to give them a drink of Seasol, especially when the weather is going to be extreme. Seasol helps to reduce heat stress and your plants burning. Perfect leading up to summer.
And this brings me on to the next point on my list: Fire Season Preparation. Spring means that we go into full swing on fire preparation. It’s really important for us all to think about our preparation for the fire season, no matter where we live. Check out your State’s CFS or RFS website for information on how to protect your family and home from bush fires.
For us, it’s clearing the winter debris that has fallen over, dropped in the winds or has just died off. Mowing the property to keep dry grass to a minimum, at least 3 times before Christmas depending on the weather. It may not sound like a major task, but when it takes 6 hours to mow the property, not including the animal paddocks, it’s not so simple. But when you take on property, no matter how big or small, you have to be responsible for it, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Besides, we get to ride the ride-on mower, who wouldn’t love that?!