Picking veggies from your garden and preparing them for a meal several minutes later, is a real treat!  The freshness and flavour is unsurpassed!  I grew up eating fresh veggies most nights as my parents lived sustainably – producing all their own veggies & fruit (potatoes, carrots, beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, peas, onions, pumpkin, lemons, plums, apricots, figs, etc, etc!) and tending to a small farm of animals such as chickens, rabbits, and ducks. This was all achieved on a large piece of suburbia (with a tiny house on it!).  Back then,  it was the norm to live sustainably and now for most current city dwellers it is a dream!  When I moved out of home and into a unit (for 14 years), I craved a garden of fresh veggies and fruits!  Last year, the good old days came within reach.  My hubby, Ben and I, bought our first house complete with yard and room for a veggie garden! 

So here is how I got my veggie garden going…….

One of the first purchases I made when we moved in, was a compost bin.  I bought it from Bunnings for about $40 (I think) and now seats in a corner of our garden.  It’s great way to get rid of food scraps (such as vegetable and fruit), grass clippings and torn paper (any paper!).  I keep a pitch fork nearby to turn it over every other day!.

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Then I picked a spot for the veggie garden!  I chose the garden bed closest to the house and therefore kitchen! The spot has 6 hours of sunlight a day, good drainage (a raised garden bed is ideal) and protected from the wind. 

To prepare the garden bed, we cleared all bark and turned soil over. 

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Then we dug trenches about 40 cm deep and added a concoction of compost and cow manure. 

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We planted the veggies (tomatoes, green beans, capsicum, rocket, lettuce, strawberries, zucchini, corn and eggplant) in rows leaving walking access.  Then we topped it off with soil, Blood&Bone (an organic fertiliser feed for the soil) and mulch. 

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6 weeks later…

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…and 8 weeks later, presto…

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  1. Having been lucky enough to sample some of your fresh, home grown produce, I now understand the why people invest their time and energy in to maintaining a veggie patch. Nothing tastes like home grown. Your zucchini was so delicious. Well done. Can't wait to see what you grow next. :-)

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