WHERE TO SOW WHAT AND HOW
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.