How to get the most success from your spring gardening | Gardening 101 | Gardening Australia

How to get the most success from your spring gardening | Gardening 101 | Gardening Australia

Millie sets up the garden for a successful and productive spring, taking us through her best tips to get a head start. Subscribe 🔔 http://ab.co/GA-subscribe

Spring is such an exciting time in the garden, particularly if you live in a cool or temperate climate. It’s a great time to set up for the growing season ahead, and Millie has the following tips to offer.

Despite seedlings being available in the shops, it doesn’t mean the soil is warm enough yet for them to grow. Millie uses a soil thermometer to check.

Millie grows her pumpkins ‘in a pile of goodness’ – straw, chicken manure and compost. By piling it up now it will rot down in time for planting in a few months. Stone pavers on top of the mount will absorb the suns heat and radiate it back out for the seedlings.

Heat is invaluable for starting seedlings, and a sunny windowsill is the classic. Millie has made a heatbox out of a reptile tank heater sunk into some sand. She gets an even 20 degrees, which is the perfect temperature to raise seeds and strike cuttings. At night it’s covered in plastic to stay warm. An old window also makes a good cold frame.

Decomposing compost also generates heat. Turning and adding nitrogen will boost this process. Placing cuttings on top of the pile will give them some extra heat.

Millie’s final tip is to prepare to fail, as you’re likely to come up with gaps as crops fail. She recommends sowing surplus lettuce and spring onions as back up plans that can go in any time.

Millie’s final tip is to plant some flowers to attract beneficial predators and pollinators.

Filmed on Taungurung Country | Central Victoria
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15 Comments

  1. Rosemary Murray on December 9, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    I would like to meet millie some day , it would be great if she come to the states !😀

  2. jasjeet singh Pannu on December 9, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Hi I am in Canberra, which vegetable seeds I can sow now .? Someone pls help. I grow vegetables in pots and garden bed made with Woden pallets.thank you

  3. A.I. on December 9, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Wife: What’s with all the flowers planted in the vegie garden?
    Husband: To all the girls I’ve loved before…

    (Who traveled in and out my door
    I’m glad they came along
    I dedicate these flowers
    To all the girls I’ve loved before

    To all the girls I once caressed
    And may I say, I’ve held the best
    For helping me to grow, I owe a lot, I know
    To all the girls I’ve loved before.

    The winds of change are always blowing
    And every time I tried to stay
    The winds of change continued blowing
    And they just carried me away)

  4. Hoselink on December 9, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    We’re super excited about spring! Thanks for the great tips!

  5. jamshid nikkerdar on December 9, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Great 👍

  6. Erick on December 9, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve always lived in a temperate climate and loved the new beginning of spring. Moved to Queensland two years ago and still figuring out the climate here. Don’t quite get the same feeling.

  7. Christine Mazzuchelli on December 9, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks Millie great advice😀

  8. leslie devlin on December 9, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Great show people g/a 👀👀👌👌

  9. Kathryn Nielsen on December 9, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    I have seen those thermometres before, but not in the shops. Where can I buy one?

  10. Marie Cartier on December 9, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much.. I going to try with an old electric blanket as well

  11. james ridley on December 9, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    35 to 47 degree heat where i live hard going with water Wicking Beds would be the way to go at my place not done that yet

  12. Mark Ireland on December 9, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Great video – need one for the tropics

  13. Jessica Tate on December 9, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    Whoops planted my seedlings a little to early 😢 first year of having a veggie patch so still a lot of learning to do. Thanks for the great tips, question can you plant the flowers in the veggie patch? Or best to keep them seperate??

  14. Augustine Kopa on December 9, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Awesome so simple and amazing tips. Thank you for sharing love it!!

  15. New Mind Garden on December 9, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Amazing.. 👍👍🌷🌷

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