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!.
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.
Then we dug trenches about 40 cm deep and added a concoction of compost and cow manure.
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.
6 weeks later…
…and 8 weeks later, presto…