Give It A Gro: Spring has sprung, and so have this season’s seed packets
If there’s a season to give us all a much-needed spring in the step… It. Has. Arrived.
Spring is a season of rejuvenation, new beginnings and fresh blooms. So if you’ve been entertaining, hesitating or procrastinating on getting started on growing your own vegetables, this is the season to get yourself started.
If you aren’t familiar with our Seeds For Change initiative, each packet contains three varieties of seed for just $6.95, with all profit going towards our mission for alleviating food insecurity in Australia.
Our super fresh spring mix features Beetroot, Chives and Lettuce – perfect for a light spring or summer salad! So to help you get growing, here’s our topline tips for planting:
- Brilliant beetroot: you really can’t beat beetroot. It’s stunning sweetness comes from a high sugar content, but it’s also a rich source of vitamins B6, B9 and minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium. Fun fact – you can also eat the leaves, and the fresh ones (aka out of your very own vege patch) taste just like spinach. Two for one! To grow your own bold and brilliant beetroot, space your rows about 50cm apart, each plant by 10cm and sow about 15mm deep. You should see early sprouts in 5-10 days but will need to wait 45-65 days for maturity.
- High fives for chives: closely related to the all-useful onion, chives are equally as versatile. Used in a range of dishes as a herb, chives are most common as a flavour feeder in soups and salads. The good news for not-so-green-thumbs is that these are pretty low maintenance to grow. They typically grow in a clump that slowly spreads, and will even flourish in a container – provided that the soil is moist, well drained and in the sun. Plant just 5mm deep, 15cm apart. Shoots will appear within 1-2 weeks and you can expect maturity in 60-90 days.
- Lettuce grow the goods: despite its high water content, most varieties of lettuce contain a moderately good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron and copper. Generally a darker leaf will also offer a higher amount of fibre, flavour and nutritional value. Lettuce can grow in part or full sun. Our recommendation is to allow a good 50cm between rows, and 30cm between each plant, you don’t need to sow deep though, 3mm will do the trick. Like our chives – germination is typically 7-14 days and maturity between 50 and 90.
With the weather warming up, there’s no better an excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Best of all, your planting efforts will help to feed hungry Australians too.
As well as the proceeds of each packet supporting Food For Change, we also match the purchase with a gifted seed set to a community group who share our mission. So get growing!