The backyard garden, and the trend of ‘home grown’ has never been more popular in modern day Australia.
With the rise of the organic lifestyle, so too have people begun to embrace once again the journey of growing their own vegetables. But, for those whose green thumb is more brown and wilted, it can be difficult to get started in the planning and execution of your growing wonderland. This is particularly true when it comes to what vegetables to plant. After all, nobody wants their first garden to be a total failure.
Well, there’s hope yet! Have a look at some of the best vegetables to grow below, and what you need to consider for each one.
Before You Start
Before you go out with your spade and your veggie fertiliser, you need to have a bit of a think about your local climate. In particular, you need to understand Australia’s five different climate zones: tropical, subtropical, arid, temperate and cool. If you live in the north of Australia, you’re in the tropical climate, a little further down you get to subtropical and so on. Arid covers more of Australia’s centre and part of the west, while temperate is most of the southern cities. It only really gets cool down in Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania. Have a look at the diagram below, from ABC to get you started.
When To Grow
The other thing to think about before you get started is growing seasons. Just because you can get certain vegetables all year around at the shops doesn’t mean you’ll be able to grow those veggies all year around. There are some things that flourish all year, but you’ll find that during certain seasons (i.e. intense cold or hot) some vegetables just won’t make it. Do yourself a favour and read up on local growing seasons before you plant.