Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

THERE’S plenty go­ing on in the win­ter vegie patch. The win­ter bras­si­cas such as broc­coli, cab­bage, cau­li­flower, brus­sels sprouts and kale are grow­ing steadily so keep liq­uid feed­ing with a good qual­ity plant food, hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Angie Thomas says.

Dwarf, sugar snap and snow peas, broad beans and beet­root can be sown in most ar­eas; check the sow­ing guide at yates.com.au.

Thomas says Yates’ Early Long Pod broad bean is a de­li­cious va­ri­ety that en­joys the cooler weather. Sow the seeds about 15cm apart, in rows 70cm apart, di­rectly where you want them to grow.

“The plants need some sup­port as they can reach around 2m so some stakes wound with string will help keep the plants up­right,’’ Thomas says. Some web­sites for in­for­ma­tion:

■ Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia at abc.net.au – the online ver­sion of the ABC TV pro­gram is a great re­source/guide for gar­den­ers

■ Seed Savers at seed­savers.net – a net­work of gar­den­ers who save and ex­change their seeds for free to pro­mote di­ver­sity and pre­serve use­ful plants

■ The Veg­etable Patch – go to theveg­etablepatch.com for an easy-to-un­der­stand guide for be­gin­ners

■ Dig­gers Club at dig­gers.com.au has a range of heir­loom seeds, ei­ther online or by mail or­der, and there are free ar­ti­cles on how to grow what and when.

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