Gardening this winter may the last thing on your mind, but growing your own vegetables and herbs is a great way to save money. Read along to find out what vegetables will grow best in your garden this winter.
HERBS – plant chamomile, comfrey, coriander, dill, feverfew, garlic bulbs, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
VEGETABLES - plant beans (dwarf and climbing), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chicory, chilli, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, okra, parsnip, potato (tubers), radish, rhubarb (crowns), shallots, silverbeet, spring onion, sweet corn, sweet potato and zucchini.
FRUIT – lemons, mandarin, oranges
Winter gardening tips -
Remove heavy layers of autumn leaves that can stop the rain getting to the soil. Use these excess leaves to make nutrient-rich compost.
Winter’s the time to prune your existing fruit trees or buy new ones to put in the ground. It’s also a great time for planting vegetables such as brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce.
One advantage of growing in Winter is that less watering is needed due to lower evaporation rate. You may only need to water your plants during longer dry spells. Feed your plants with organic matter such as manure, fish or seaweed solution every few weeks to encourage rapid growth and maximise your crop.
General gardening tips –
If your soil has been dry for an extended period it can become water-repellent, even after heavy rains. Look for water pooling on the surface, which can be fixed with a good soil wetting agent.
Make sure you always have plenty of compost. Just save your food waste - especially eggshells, coffee grinds, and apple cores, your veggies will love it!
Make organic choices with your soil, fertilizing, pest control, and even seed selection. Plants that are fertilized or treated with chemicals can become weak and prone to disease.
For greater growing success, "start" your seedlings inside! An easy way to do this is by using old toilet paper rolls.
Make sure that you have paths that allow you to access your plants to weed and harvest.