In the garden

Plant Vegetables and Fruit

If you don’t have your summer veg in the garden it’s not too late, though we will recommend planting from ready grown seedlings as starting from seed might take too long this close to summer. As we start December it will start limiting what we can plant even from seedlings.

Here’s a  list of what we’d be planting:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant/Aubergine
  • Cucumber
  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Basil
  • Shiso

Plant Flowers

Why grow flowers and not only things you can eat?

We have to consider the garden as a whole, we need many different types of insects to increase pollination and keep on top of any pests that will decrease the production of our edible plants.

When you visit your local nursery in the seed section hopefully you’ll see some flowers or a ‘Beneficial Insects Mix’. It won’t have any insects in the packet but rather a mix of flower seeds – they grow quite easily – that will attract insects. They will work on keeping a balance in the garden by helping to pollinate, eat aphids and other insects and generally be the little workhorses.

Here is a list of flowers that will attract beneficial insects and are also edible.

  • Plant from seed
    • Calendulas(petals)
    • Borage
    • Nasturtiums
    • Chamomile
    • Marigolds
    • Violas
    • Daisies
    • Cosmos sulphureus
  • Plant from seedling
    • Pineapple Sage

Plant your greens

If you’re eating greens a few times a week to everyday it’s worth getting in a habit of succession planting. It can feel like a bit of work but the pay off of always having a variety of greens to have in salads and/or to cook with is worth it.

  • coriander, parsley, carrots(leafs in a pesto?)
  • rocket, mizuna, mibuna, tatsoi, kale, lettuce
  • spinach

Planning

Planning where you’re going to plant your veg and fruit is key, we’ve outlined the key things to consider in our planting guide here.

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