GROWING SUCCESS IN GARDEN
THERE is something deeply gratifying and enriching about growing your own carrots, lettuces, potatoes and corn.
Beyond the many health benefits on offer, cultivating a vegie patch saves you money on grocery bills and offers a fruitful way of spending quality time outside with the kids.
Ventura Homes offers handy tips on how to get started and make the most of your vegie garden.
The list is endless in October. We suggest you try asparagus, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, potatoes, peas, parsnips, cabbage, broccoli, cucumbers, leeks and radishes. Though vegetables are pretty easy to grow, they do have some basic needs that you must meet in order for them to thrive throughout the season. These include: choosing a spot that enjoys full sun. Vegetables love a good sunbathe – and we’re not talking an hour or two of sun.
More like 6-8 hours at least (they’re greedy). If they don’t get enough sun, they won’t be as productive.
They also need a good soil base – one rich in organic nutrients that will encourage root growth. Also, ensure your vegies enjoy plenty of water.
We have some tips on how to keep your vegies pest-free. These include: simply picking off snails and caterpillars by hand is one of the easiest ways to stop them munching away at your vegetables. Just don’t throw them into your neighbour’s garden!
Plant ‘companion’ vegetables close to one another like basil and tomatoes, or climbing plants with carrots underneath. This can help confuse the pests.
Sick of aphids ruining all the fun? Plants such as mint, fennel and sunflowers will help to attract ladybirds to your garden – and they just love feasting on aphids! Or, grab some white oil insecticide from your local garden centre, which will soon put an end to these little pests.
To create a successful vegie patch, it pays to start small. Give your plants their own space and don’t go overboard.