If you’re finding yourself with spare time in the days to come, it's time to find a new hobby. But with clubs and events cancelled the options are limited. Despite the reassurance that food will last, it could be satisfying to skip the supermarket panic-buyer queues and pick fresh produce from your own garden.
Even though we are coming into winter, there are a number of fun winter veggies that can be planted, namely brassicas. The options are expansive: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beetroot, winter lettuce, spinach, carrots, leeks, silverbeet, winter lettuce, winter herbs, and yes, the infamous brussel sprouts are among the vegetables recommended for planting in March in New Zealand.
If you have a spare patch of soil that could be converted to a garden, it is recommended that at this time of year it is kept well watered and fertilised to optimise production.
Another option is to germinate seedlings inside before planting outside for a more controlled process. In fact, seeds don’t even need soil to germinate, just water, oxygen, and warmth (thanks high school biology). It can be a lot of fun to watch little seedlings emerge out of seeds and transplanting them into pots or the garden once they’re stronger.
It’s also that time of year for daffodil bulbs to be planted in time for Daffodil Day on August 28. They can be planted anytime from now until the end of May, which allows them time to develop roots and settle into the soil. They require full sun and well drained soil.