If there’s wattle everywhere spring is in the air, and the explosion of yellow is a timely reminder to get on with spring gardening jobs. It’s time to throw off the shackles of winter and take yourself out to find some solitude in the garden. Take the gloves and trowels with you and start planting.
For a splash of colour try planting some petunias, marigolds, snapdragons and daffodils. Blue, purple and yellow flowers will attract bees to your garden whilst red and orange flowers draw in the butterflies. Lavender is said to keep the flies away and loves growing with rosemary – another natural fly repellent.
Spring time pest control can stay all-natural too – try crushed eggshells or coffee grounds around plants or letting chooks loose in the garden to keep the snails and slugs at bay.
There’s no need to spend money on fertiliser either. Banana peels and kitchen scraps, water from your fish tank, grass clippings, vinegar mixed with water, even chicken or cow or sheep manure will all help your garden grow.
Remember to be water-wise too… save the water from your cooking when steaming or boiling vegetables or even pasta. When the water has cooled down you can water your garden with it – the plants drink up the extra nutrients from the cooking water.