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
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.
- 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
- Choose the seed
- Propagate the seeds in mini greenhouses. Use Thrive Seed raising mix to sow
the seeds in the tray.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.