10 things to do in the garden this long weekend whilst everyone else is watching the Cup!

By The Diggers Team

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Gardeners love a long weekend especially in spring sunshine! Here are 10 things to do this weekend to get your garden growing and looking it's best. Don't forget to visit our gardens and garden shops for inspiration and one-to-one advice, the tastiest tomatoes you will ever eat and seeds to sow now. A post for those of us who would rather enjoy flowers than horses!


1. Potatoes -  Get these babies in the ground if you haven't already and start earthing up those you have already planted. The taste of homegrown new potatoes (spuds picked early) drizzled with melted butter, is a taste you cannot find in the supermarkets.


2. Spring Sow for a Summer Crop of Vegies - To grow from seed is a gardeners greatest joy. Gardeners in the cool and warm zones, you can direct sow beans,  corn, cucumber, pumpkin and zucchini and herbs basil, chives, chervil, coriander, dill, oregano, parsley, peppermint and spearmint. For those of you in the Hot and Subtropical Zones click here for your seeds to sow now. 

And don't forget flowers! Sunflowers - sunflowers are not one size fits all! Teddy bears are a dwarf variety, great for pots, a hit with children and they make gorgeous cut flowers, Red Prado are exclusive to Diggers and really stand out and Van Gogh are works of art! Try our Field of Sunflowers collection for real impact. 


3. Spice up your life and plant organic ginger, thai ginger and turmeric. Plant these edible tubers in a pot or in the ground in a warm, sheltered position. 


4. Turn your compost! Making your own garden goodness is easy once you get started! Read this article for the basics, a great refresher on how to be successful with compost.


5. Plant your Citrus. Feed your citrus. In our Spring Garden magazine we discussed how important it is to choose a tree with the right rootstock for your growing conditions. Take a look at our full range of beautiful citrus here and use our 'Success with Citrus' guide to help you select the best trees for your garden and how to grow with confidence. Tim, our citrus expert says "feed citrus like they are teenage boys!". During spring growth is a great time to get into a feeding routine. Make a note on your calendar to feed your citrus blood and bone every month and liquid feed every week.


6. Pick up your seedlings from your local nursery and get them in the ground for a summer full of fresh vegies. Fertilise all your fruit and veg crops, including perennial vegetables. 


7. Prune French lavender for a second flush in January and February. Nick, one of our gardeners at HQ has just cut back our flowering lavender. He is careful not to cut into woody growth. For newly planted lavender plants simply tip prune at the first signs of the flowers dying down.   


8. Spread your Beds! - Mulching is the job for the weekend! It is so important; sandy soils will already be drying out as the days warm up. Now is the time to mulch your beds to protect them as the days get longer and drier. Questions about which mulch? Read this article HERE


9. Fill your house with cut flowers like sweet peas and order your packs for Autumn - before you forget! If you planted these seeds earlier in the year, you will be reaping the benefits now in beautiful swathes of flowers. Share your sweet pea pictures with us on social media. 


10. Check for Peach Leaf Curl and other pests and diseases. Check out this Facebook Post for all the info on Peach Leaf Curl, an airbourne fungus that appears at this time of year. 

As always weed, weed, weed and then remember to sit back with a cool drink and enjoy your hard work! 

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