Christmas comes early for the edible gardener and it arrives at the break of spring. Just like the build up to Saint Nick’s big day, it is prolonged; drawn out by a calendar of events that keep reminding us that it’s just around the corner.
Each falls with the inevitability of a domino upon the next. It gathers momentum with the break of magnolias and fragrance hit of jasmine, and then approaches path’s end with the arrival of the blossoms. It begins with the almonds, closely followed by cherries and then plums. Then comes the rest, although by that stage everyone is too preoccupied to notice. September 1 - the calendar beginning to the silly season has no doubt sprung - and we’re all too busy emptying our stockings of goodies into the edible garden.
The way you approach spring is typically reflected by your maturity as a gardener, however just like Christmas, it has a habit of regressing us back to a childlike state. With eyes too big for our future stomachs it’s easy to get distracted by the lights that shine brightly now. So as the dominos continue to fall towards its break this year, we present our spring strategy to help you get the most out of the season.