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How to Grow a Healthy Edible Garden – Fiona Bruyn

How to Grow a Healthy Edible Garden

How to Grow a Healthy Edible Garden

How to Grow a Healthy Edible Garden

How to Grow a Healthy Edible Garden

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 oils.

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.




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