With the weather already warming up and Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start up a vegetable patch and get ready to plant some Spring veggies!
Spring isn’t just about gardening though – it also means we’re getting close to the BBQ season and what better way to enjoy your outdoor entertaining than cooking up your own home-grown veggies!
But before you can sit back and relax, you will first need to set up your veggie patch. While they are pretty easy to put together, the great thing is you can make yours as simple or difficult as you like!
Either way, we think it’s a great way to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor living!
Basically you have two options for putting together a veggie patch, either start from scratch or purchase pre-made frame.
Once you’ve figured this out, it’s time to choose a location. The spot you decide on is really important as it needs to be sunny, as well as have healthy soil, to ensure your produce can grow quickly.
Look for an area that gets direct sunlight for approximately 4-5 hours a day, and with loose and crumbly soil, for great water absorption.
Start prepping the area by removing turf and digging the soil to create a depth of approx. 100mm. You can make an easy border around your veggie patch using bricks, timber slabs or even rocks.
Lay down newspaper across the soil, and thoroughly water the area. You can then start to layer soil over mulch. We recommend using garden compost, animal manure or Lucerne hay for the mulch layer.
Aim to make your layers approx. 150mm each, with a top layer of soil. Sprinkle 2 handfuls of dolomite limestone per square metre, over the area to add calcium to the soil.
Lastly, use a pre-sowing or pre-planting mixed fertiliser to spread over the veggie patch. You can now start planting your Spring veggies!
Please note, in the first few weeks you should be watering your veggies frequently until they have established themselves, then you can cut back to just giving them a good soak a couple of times a week. To prevent leaf fungal diseases, you should aim to only water the soil, not the leaves.
You will also need to watch out for pests; snails, slugs and caterpillars being the main culprits. If you do notice any, try using snail bites or low-toxic treatments.
* Post image courtesy of Pinterest.