In the garden

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 which will work on keeping a balance in the garden. They’ll help 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.

  • Calendulas(petals)
  • Borage
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pineapple Sage
  • Chamomile
  • Marigolds
  • Violas
  • Daisies
  • Cosmos sulphureus

Plan where you are going to plant

It’s easy to go to the nursery and purchase all the plants you want but understanding how much room you have and what you want to eat from your garden can save time and money.

Write a list of what you want to grow this coming season. This might look like this:

  • Climbing beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Basil

Then draw a sketch like this:

At first it’s common to plan too much for your space and you might notice your plants are too close and are competing against each other. That’s fine, they’re not going to die, they’ll just grow a little slower with less fruit. See our spacing guide for your upcoming spring planting.

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

Some easy veg that can go in while it’s still cold

  • spring onions, leek
  • beetroot
  • carrots
  • broadbeans
    • listening to Gardening Australia apparently it’s still possible to plant some broad beans this late, i’m going to try planting some and test to see if they will catch up to their winter planted counterparts.


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