What to Plant in Melbourne in Spring
Are you an avid gardener, keen to make the most of spring in Melbourne… but you’re not sure what you can plant? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. From flowers to veggies, here are a few plants that thrive during spring in Melbourne.
PREPARE BEFORE YOU PLANT
Before you choose your seeds and get planting, it’s important to properly prepare your garden. If applicable, clear out leftover debris from your winter crops. Pluck out any pesky weeds, and pop them in your compost bin.
Once your garden beds are good to go, spread some compost or fertiliser over the top of each bed, and use a pitchfork to mix it in. This way, you’ll loosen up any compacted soil, and disperse your added nutrients quickly and thoroughly.
Now it’s time to get planting!
Are you a floral fanatic? There are a heap of spring-loving flowers that are ready to plant right now! Here are a couple of our favourites:
Daises, carnations, snapdragons, begonias, lavender, pansies, dahlias, petunias, sunflowers, marigolds.
VEGGIES (AND FRUITS)
After some yummy edibles going into summer? Plant some of these tasty fruits and veggies, and invite the family over for a home-grown, home-cooked meal!
Tomatoes, capsicum, beetroot, asparagus, cucumber, chilli, broad beans, broccoli, lettuce, onion, rocket, carrots, snow peas, strawberries.
Are you hanging for some fresh herbs? These container-friendly herbs will thrive in spring in Melbourne:
Rosemary, coriander, basil, mint, chives, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, thyme.
HOW TO GERMINATE SEEDS
Now you know how to prepare your garden, and what to plant, it’s time to stick some seeds in the soil, right? Well, not exactly. While some seeds will germinate almost anywhere, under any conditions, many seeds need a bit of TLC before they go into the ground.
For best results, purchase a seed-raising tray and fill it with some fresh, high-quality soil. Plant your seeds in the tray, and water well. Now, if you have a greenhouse, pop the tray inside. Otherwise, it might be best to bring your tray into your house for the first few weeks. Why? Because us Victorians live in a cooler climate zone compared to the rest of Aus. So, the start of spring (September especially) can be quite cold and even frosty. If your soil stays too cold while your seeds are trying to germinate, you might end up with rot, or seeds that never sprout. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep your seeds warm and protected from the elements until they turn into big strong seedlings, and can be incorporated into your pre-prepared patch. Easy! Just remember to keep your tray damp but not soaking wet, and provide as much indirect sun as possible.