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The Diggers Mini-Plot

Don't go to the supermarket, grow your own vegies at home!

Growing your own vegetables is the single most important step to a sustainable and healthy life. When vegetables are grown at home they are fresh and free of chemicals. You eliminate food miles and the need for fossil fuels, plus you eat seasonally and are connected with your food.

It only takes a few hours of work a week and a single 10m2 garden bed to feed one person or 40m2 of garden bed to feed a family of four.

Starting your mini-plot from seed

It is best to site your beds close to the kitchen door so that you have the easiest access to go ‘fork to fork’ – garden fork to table fork!

Prepare your beds well by removing weeds and digging the area to break up the soil. This means that direct-sown seeds make contact with fine moist soil for quick germination.

Digging over the soil and preparing the beds should take no more than a weekend. Raise your beds by at least 20cm to ensure good drainage and mulch them well with an organic mulch like sugarcane or pea straw.

Choose high-yielding and tasty heirloom varieties that will crop over a long period. This will help to maximise your return in the smallest space and give you a steady supply of fresh vegies.

Here we show two planting combinations for different seasons in your mini-plot, with seed collections made to match.

Autumn Spring Mini-Plot

Our Autumn or Spring Mini-Plot Vegie Collection works great for this combination.

Summer Mini-Plot

Our Summer Mini-Plot Vegie Collection works great for this combination.

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Asparagus

Autumn Vegie Gardening

Bernadette Brady chooses the vegetables to plant when temperatures are falling

Be Your Own Kitchen Gardener

Robyn Fox explains the secrets behind growing heirlooms for Heronswood's restaurant

Can we trust others to grow our food?

Clive Blazey talks about the destruction of our food quality

Caring for Fruit Trees

Caring for Fruit Trees

Chillies: Some like them hot, some don’t!

Gail Thomas explains how to grow and cook with these tender perennials

Community Food Gardening

Bernadette Brady explains how community food gardening overcomes social alienation

Creating an Edible Landscape

Bill Bampton talks about the challenges of combining beauty and functionality in the garden

Diggers 2021 heirloom trials update

Why first-hand trialling and testing our vegetable and flower seed varieties is an important part of the Diggers practice.

Edible hedges

Marcelle Swanson recommends planting edible hedges for privacy and productivity

Extend your life by eating lots of fibre

Clive Blazey explains why processed and fast foods are making us sick

FRUIT TREE WINTER CARE

Winter is the perfect time to get into the garden and tend to your fruit trees to achieve the best possible crops over the warmer months!

Good Health Begins In the Gut

Heather McKern asks whether we can trust others to grow our food

Grow Your Own Garlic

Garlic expert Penny Woodward explains why it can be so tricky to grow

Grow Your Own Greens

Bernadette Brady shows us the fibre foods to plant in autumn and grow through winter

Grow Your Own Herbs

Bill Bampton's top ten points for herb growing

Growing Grapes

Growing Olives

Growing Olives

Growing Your Own in the Edible City

Indira Naido relates her adventures in gardening on her inner city balcony

Healing herbs for health and wellbeing

Heather McKern has a confession to make … she loves herbs.

Heirloom Fruit

Marcus Ryan explains why fruit doesn't taste as good as it used to

Heirloom Silverbeet and Beetroot

Clive Blazey explains how almost all the vegetables we eat today were available before 1900!

Herb Garden

Growing herbs is both joyous and rewarding with kitchen garden crops making the perfect addition to any meal.

Herbs - more than a kitchen garden

Herbs - more than a kitchen garden

IT'S TOMATO TIME!

Jac Semmler tells you why spring is the time to get excited about growing heirloom tomatoes

Making a beautiful garden edible

Bill Bampton explains how to create a food border by combining the ornamental potential of edibles with the edible potential of ornamentals

Plant Based Fibre

Arabella Forge explains why you should eat more fruit and vegetables

Preserving your harvest

Summer offers an abundance of fruit, vegetables and herbs suitable to preserve and use throughout the rest of the year. Join Marcelle as she discusses some exciting items for preserving!

Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter

Pumpkins Better Than Butternut

Evette Jungwirth ponders on producing the perfect pumpkin

Q&A - Cane Fruit

Cane fruit guru Phil Rowe answers your questions about berries

Q&A - Citrus

Citrus expert Ian Tolley answers your questions about citrus trees and fruit

Q&A - Fruit Trees

Julian Blackhirst answers your questions about summer pruning and general care of fruit trees

Q&A - Tomato Growing

Our experts Julie, Tim and Evette answer your questions about growing tomatoes

Rhubarb

Rhubarb would have to be one of the most productive and easy-to-grow perennial food plants.

Start Your First Food Garden

Bernadette Brady encourages you to start your own vegie garden

Starting a vegie patch

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

Strawberries

Strawberries

The urban herbalist

Bill Bampton's top ten herbs to grow in containers

Unusual edibles

Arno King introduces southern gardeners to some northern vegetable staples that succeed down south

Vegie Patch Basics

Vegie Patch Basics

What’s wrong with the food forest concept?

Organic gardener Julian Blackhirst questions the ‘bare foot, lazy gardener’ idea
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