Spring Seasonals

Sure it might be rainy these days, but mid-April often reminds me of the excitement that is Picture 1 - April 19 '15to come: outdoor jazz concerts, farmer’s markets, community events, and side-walk sales! Oh, and daffodils, let’s not forget about daffodils. Sure it’s not as vibrant as summer but you have to admit, the best feeling is anticipating fun around the corner. Like that moment when you’re almost done with exams and you know all your friends are waiting to hang out after? That feeling.

However, there are still fun things to do this month. April is usually the time when spring and early-summer seasonal foods crop up at grocery stores and markets. Some of my favorites are purple-sprouting broccoli, jersey royal potatoes and lobster. I can just imagine a home-made casserole for these 3 ingredients right now…*drools*

Picture 2 - April 19 '15What are also nice to see during this time are heirloom plants and exotic vegetables and fruits…like guanabana (aka soursop). This fruit tastes like pineapple and strawberries!

Picture 3 - April 19 '15If you’re curious and love to explore new foods, this site features 50 exotic fruits and vegetables for you to try. Let me know how that goes! I think I’ve only sampled 10% from that list.

Spring is also a great time to start growing your own backyard treasures like onions, spinach, peas, lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, dill, cilantro, cabbage, broccoli, celery, kale and potatoes.

Picture 4 - April 19 '15If you love a good DIY and don’t mind getting your hands a bit dirty, this is a great project! But before you start, here are a few things to consider:

  • Space – You do need to have free space to grow plants; be it the backyard, front lawn or making some space in your kitchen for a mini gardening pot. Try not to cluster your plants or seeds too closely. Plants need room to sprout, grow and flower. At the beginning, space is not much of an issue, but once your plants grow and move around they may need more soil space. Pots are a great alternative if you like to keep your backyard or house clean, and if you like to move them.
  • Reading Directions – Sure the seed packet comes with information on how to plant and water them, but this is the key part to successful gardening. Make sure you check how much water, sunlight, soil and fertilizer you may need so you know how to do it right!
  • Digging Beds – It’s always a good idea to loosen your soil before you plant your garden. This allows for you to evenly spread the compost, fertilizer and moisture for better plant growth.
  • Fencing – If you have rabbits and deer that visit your backyard, you may want to invest in some gardening fences or meshes to keep them out. Make sure the fence is closed and the mesh sizes are smaller than the animals you are trying to keep out. You can also use row covers to protect against insects that like to nibble on your crops.

Want to know more? Here is a great site for extra gardening tipsSo, how are you capturing the essence of spring? Comment below!

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