We all need to be health conscious, not just with the food we buy but with the
quality of the fruit and veggies we consume.
To call veggies truly organic you need the growing processes to be free of any
inorganic additives and a certificate to prove it. This is a big ask in a home
garden but you can get pretty close to it with what we call a natural garden.
The easiest way to set it up is in a big pot because you can control what goes
into it. It’s a little microenvironment.
Many vegetable varieties such as beans, spring onions, sweet corn, zucchini’s,
pumpkin and cucumber planted in spring will grow easily from Seed. You’ll get
the best results if sown right where they grow. The following basic techniques
can help you to achieve success.
Pots: Prepare the soil: Prepare the soil well beforehand by digging in some
well-rotted compost, some Thrive All Purpose Granular fertiliser and, in most
areas, some Yates Garden Lime or Dolomite. All vegetables need good drainage but
some seeds are particularly prone to rotting away if they stay wet for too long.
This especially applies to large seeds like beans and sweet corn that contain
large quantities of starch. If these seeds are given too much water they'll rot
and disappear altogether.
Sowing: No matter which vegetable you decide to plant, make sure you follow the
packet instructions, as it will vary.
Sunlight: All vegetables must have sun. There's no point in even attempting to
grow a vegetable patch if you can't guarantee sun for most of the day.
Drainage & pH levels: Dig some milled cow manure or compost into well-drained
soil. If drainage is poor, build a raised bed and mix in some Yates Gypsum Claybreaker. Add Yates Garden Lime or Dolomite in most areas to raise the
acidity level. This won't be necessary if your garden is in an area where soil
pH already measures 6 or higher. If you're not sure, have the pH level tested
because a less-than-ideal pH level can have a dramatic effect on plant health.
Yates Garden Guide has excellent information on adjusting pH.
Pest control: This is a huge issue when you are trying to go natural in the
garden. PestOil is a special form of refined oil that controls a wide range of
insect pests, including scales, aphids and citrus leaf miner. The layer of oil
suffocates some of these pests and deters others from attacking the plant.
PestOil is non-toxic and much gentler on plants than older-style horticultural
Starting a vegetable patch from scratch can seem daunting for beginners but, by
following these few basic principles and selecting the right crops, it's easy to
achieve great results.
For more information get onto the Yates website or pop into your pop into you’re
nearest hardware store or nursery.