Growing your own veggies is not only economical but heaps of fun. Kids love the whole process of planting, cultivating and then eating their own produce. But you need to keep in mind that there are different temperate zones in Australia and what works for your friend in WA may not work in your Victorian climate. You can get some more specific advice from you local nursery about what is right for your area and when.
Choosing Veggies for Your Garden
There are lot of different veggies and herbs that you can choose to grow in your garden, depending on your tastes and the time of year. For now some common plants that thrive in just about any veggie garden include:
Asparagus, Garlic, Shallots, Horseradish, Rhubarb, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Silverbeet, Spinach, Broad Beans, Asian Vegetables, Leek
Carrots, Cabbage, Herbs, Beetroot, Cherry Tomatoes, Lettuces, Cucumbers, Capsicum, Eggplant, Zucchini, Spring Onions, Water Chestnuts, Ginger, Poatoes, Rocket
Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Endive, Lettuces, Parsnips, Radishes, Silverbeet, Squash, Pumpkin, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes,
Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Asian Greens, Leeks, Lettuces, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Spinach, Swedes, Turnips
Companion Planting in the Veggie Patch
Companion planting is used to help deter pests and encourage healthier plants in the veggie patch. Planting herbs in your veggie patch not only helps to control bugs, but you will also have a ready access to herbs that can be used in your everyday cooking. Here are some herbs that you can plant in your garden:
- Basil enhances the taste of tomatoes and also helps to protect them from disease and insects
- Garlic repels aphids and controls cutworms and hornworms in tomatoes Horseradish planted near potatoes, horseradish controls potato bugs and encourages more disease-resistant potato tubers
- Thyme planted near cabbage, it deters cabbageworms and whitefly. Thyme also attracts bees to tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants, where the bees will pollinate the plants and give you more fresh produce Chives help to prevent mildew, deter green flies, and repel aphids
- Catnip is good for controlling flea beetles Marigolds produce a root secretion that destroy root eating nematodes
Just remember to have a go and see what works for you. Happy gardening!