Spring is here!

posted 24/03/2014 - Josep Bassas -

Now that spring has arrived the good weather's been bringing new life to the city's more than 80 parks and gardens, as well as its residents' household plants. It is it time to cut back dead flowers and branches, do the necessary replanting and oxygenate the soil before beginning to water on a more regular basis.

Spring is now here and you can already see it from the city's green spaces, trees lining the city streets and balcony gardens. You don't have to look far to discover trees are in bud, see the colours of the first flowers or follow the insects as the make their way from leaf to leaf.

There are also surprises to be found amongst the trees in the municipal parks and gardens, such as the Tipuanas and Jacarandas, which lose their leaves in the springtime, unlike the other trees, because they originally come from the southern hemisphere.

More and more people are deciding to keep plants and flowers at home that need little care but give life and vitality to balconies. "Tending plants brings lots of pleasure as you follow their life cycle. They can produce flowers, leaves and fruits and there is no need to be a specialist. We can all prune plants or sow seeds and go on to tend them", explains Teresa Garceran, expert from the Department of Environmental Education of Barcelona City Council.

To learn basic techniques and skills for domestic gardening a series of workshops entitled "Fes de casa teva un jardí"(Convert your house into a garden) are to be held at a range of locations across the city. The events will take place on one Sunday a month at the most suitable garden for that time of year. Up to a hundred people may attend to learn how to take cuttings, prune and fertilise soil.

Spring is also the time of year to prepare and sow urban allotments to have vegetables to harvest later in the year.

And if you want to learn advanced level gardening, the Laberint Training Centre organises longer and mores specialised courses that are open to all.

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