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How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds - Fiona Bruyn

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

How to Plant a Vegetable Patch and Raise Seeds

Planting a vegetables patch can be fun and rewarding for all ages. They make a great project for kids who love to see the fruits of their labor after a relatively short amount of time. Growing your own vegetables can save a considerable amount on food costs and will also give you a wider choice. Many unusual vegetables, which are difficult to buy in shops, are easily grown in the home garden.

Plan your vegetable garden to suit the requirements of the family and plant the vegetables that most members of the household enjoy. Where space is limited, you could grow crops that give a high yield such as carrots, beans and small-hearted cabbage or you might like to concentrate on salad vegetables only. Just make sure that the vegetable you choose is in season.

The location of your veggie patch needs to be in the most sun-drenched position in your yard and in areas where the soil is badly drained, the bed will need to be raised to allow for good drainage. Soil preparation is the key to success. The soil for a vegetable patch should have a loose, crumbly structure, which is capable of absorbing, and holding water and nutrients.

SHOPPING LIST:

  • Mini greenhouse
  • Seed raising mix
  • Vegetable Seeds
  • Bagged manure
  • Dynamic lifter organic plant food
  • Thrive granular all purpose plant food
  • Blood and Bone
  • Dolomite Lime
  • Thrive soluble plant food
  • Waterwise mulch
  • Blitzem snail and slug pellets

HOW TO:

  1. Choose the seed
  2. Propagate the seeds in mini greenhouses. Use Thrive Seed raising mix to sow the seeds in the tray.
  3. Prepare the soil. In the two weeks leading up to planting prep the soil with Thrive granular plant food. This will provide the seedlings with instant nutrients. Make sure you loosen the soil to a depth of about 20 centimetres to allow air and water movement.
  4. Transplant from the mini green house and plant the seeds. Your can either check on the packet how far apart to plant each seedling but a good rule of thumb is to keep them at least a hand span apart or just spread some waterwise mulch to prevent the soil drying out then water the whole lot in with Thrive soluble fertilizer. Finally, a very light sprinkling of Blitzem pellets will protect against snails and slugs.
  5. A fortnightly feed with Thrive soluble and a regular watering will see your crop ready for harvest in about two months. Dynamic lifter and blood and bone will also provide ongoing nutrients for the soil over the long term.

For more information go to the Yates website or you can check out Australia’s best garden book – The Yates Garden Guide.

Products are available at nurseries and hardware stores.




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