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CREATE YOUR OWN EDIBLE GARDEN
Growing your own vegetables might seem overwhelming, but it's much easier than you think. Plus, food grown at home always tastes better.
Our handy planting guide below is designed to make it easier for you to plan out your garden each season. Seeds should generally be sown at the beginning/middle of each season so they have time to establish.
Broad Beans Broccoli, Cauliflower, Garlic, Globe Artichoke, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Pea, Radish, Spinach, Spring Onion, Strawberry, Rocket, Turnip.
Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Pea, Rhubarb, Strawberry, Turnip.
Asparagus, Beetroot, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Celery, Chilli, Chives, Eggplant, Leek, Lettuce, Parsley, Parsnip, Pea, Potato, Radish, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Strawberry, Sunflower, Tomato, Turnip.
Basil, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chillies, Chives, Corn, Coriander, Cucumber, Eggplant, Lettuce, Parsley, Parsnip, Pea, Peanut, Pumpkin, Rockmelon, Silverbeet, Strawberry, Squash, Sunflower, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini.
Companion planting can be a great asset to the gardener. Companion plants can attract beneficial insects, repel pests and even provide nutrients. There are all kinds of vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be used, so be open to experimenting to find out what works in your garden.
Rotating your crops each season can minimise pests and disease and reduce soil nutrient breakdown. By introducing nitrogen-fixing crops you can also improve the soil because these crops leave behind their nitrogen when they break down. Some examples of nitrogen-fixing crops are clover, alfalfa and broad beans.
How much water you use will depend on your climate and soil type. For example, heavier clay soils will hold water more effectively than sandy soils. Water wisely. Avoid watering in the heat of the day, so you don’t lose it to evaporation. You should also take into account local water restrictions. See our water restrictions page for more information.
TOP 10 GARDENING TIPS
Not everyone is born with a green thumb, so here's our top 10 tips to get you started.
- Ensure your planting is suitable for the season.
- Build raised beds for better drainage and root growth.
- Build up your soil. Try using chicken or cow manures and compost.
- Use Water wisely.
- Plant your vegetables in rows to make weeding easier.
- Use mulch on top of the soil to reduce moisture loss and reduce weed growth.
- Get hold of some good garden tools. A hoe is great for weeding in between crops.
- Use companion plants to attract beneficial insects.
- Rotate the crops in your vegetable beds.
- Compost your vegetable scraps to reuse on your garden.