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Starting a vegie patch

Growing your own nutritious vegetables is cost effective and highly rewarding.

Whether you have a large garden, some raised beds or a small balcony, as long as you have sunlight you can grow some produce of your own.

Here are a few simple steps to get your garden off to a good start.

1. Choose a suitable site

Full sun for at least six hours per day is preferable, so consider sun movement and the shade of nearby trees. Site your vegie garden close to your kitchen so you can quickly pop out to harvest produce whilst preparing meals and keep a regular eye on things through the seasons.

2. Prepare the site

Mark out the area for your garden bed. Remove any grass or turf by cutting through the lawn in easy-to-remove squares, then relocate or turn upside down to compost. Fork over the soil and improve with pelletised fertiliser, well-rotted compost and rockdust.

3. Sow/transplant

Seed/seedlings should be spaced to allow room for growth. This prevents contorted root crops and allows all vegies access to the nutrients they need to grow successfully.

4. Protect from pests

Seeds and seedlings are susceptible to attack from pests. Use methods such as distributing snail pellets and diatomaceous earth, and covering with cloches and nets.

5. Water

Vegie gardens need regular watering. Water in the morning and again in the evening if days are hot and dry. An irrigation system is the perfect way to water the soil and not the foliage, ensuring your plants stay healthy and well hydrated.

6. Harvest

Harvesting is the most rewarding time in your vegie patch. To ensure an adequate harvest, stagger your sowing – some crops routinely take a certain number of weeks to reach harvest and can be sown successively to keep up a regular supply of produce.

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