Spring and Summer Vegies
Nothing says summer like the taste of vegetables picked fresh from the home garden and, while our region is still well and truly in the grip of winter, the odd warm day and positive night time temperature has the home gardener thinking of warmer times ahead.
Now is a great time to get the ball rolling on the vegie patch and the best start you can make is to get the soil sorted. The addition of compost and well-rotted manures at this time will ensure that our soil is in tip top condition and our vegies get the best possible nutrition when it’s planting time.
You can even build new raised beds if your garden need doesn’t provide enough usable space for your requirements.
As a general rule of (green) thumb, most Australian soils tend to be fairly acidic, so the addition of some garden lime helps to ensure that the soil is “sweet” enough for vegetables. Always remember, “It’s all about the soil”
Seeds can be sown now to get a bit of a head start. A glass house is the perfect place to sow seeds and maintain seedlings but a good sunny north facing window will work just as well.
Some of the best vegies to grow for tasty summer meals are Beans, Zucchini, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumbers, and Pumpkin and as everyone knows, nothing beats the taste of a sun drenched, home grown Tomato. Why not plant some Basil, Coriander, and parsley as well!
If you are unsure about vegie gardening head on up to Mayfield and talk to Matt, Banjo or Maria or give us a call on 6336 3131. If you’re lucky enough you might even be able to catch up with our knowledgeable kitchen gardener Alison, who can often be found tending our car park vegetable beds!
Mayfield Garden Nursery is open from 9 to 4:30, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year (closed only Christmas day and Boxing Day), so come on up. You’ll be Bloomin’ glad you did!!
This week’s tip
If you plan to plant small amounts of vegetables and herbs at regular intervals you can enjoy a constant supply all summer long!