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Summertime veggies for your garden

Gardening is a summertime activity, right? The most fitting weather, the best climate you could imagine. Seriously, growing veggies in summer is definitely a good choice.

Plus, by the time autumn rolls around, when the time for gathering the harvest comes, you could be looking at a pretty good haul!
Sound good? Then read on to find out more about which veggies you should choose and how we should grow them this summer.

The first thing you should be looking at is making the right choice – Which vegetables would you like to plant? These could be either those that you add to your favourite dishes; or you could just have a crack and plant something unusual, something that you haven’t tried growing yet. We can’t predict which veggies will be the best for your tastes, or for your individual situation, so instead we’d like to list some of the best vegetables to grow in the Australian summer.

Carrot.

Let’s start with carrots- an extremely useful product, which can be consumed in many different ways – juicing, roasting, frying, or raw!  Growing carrots in your garden is not so difficult, though you need remembering a few things.

First of all, you should get rid of heavy stones and rocks in your soil – they may damage your carrots and slow down their growth. Second – good gardeners should pay attention to the drainage system, ensuring it allows the water to effectively drain from around the plants. Third – use some nitrogen-based food for plants, in order to make your carrots bigger.

For seeding just tap them out of a packet along a row and gently push them down into a deep bed or pot of loose soil. The looser the soil, the easier they will grow downwards! Tough soil usually means gnarly, stunted looked carrots.

Bumper Crop of Carrots

 

Broccoli.

Broccoli looks great when it’s grown. This product also contains a huge amount of nutrients and vitamins, which makes it look just as good on our table. Let’s plant it too!

Broccoli is grown in sunny regions so and will also needs a lot of water, in order to be strong and healthy. The only tip you should remember while choosing a place for planting broccoli is wind. Broccoli can be damaged in windy places, so you need to choose some protected places from wind. When sowing seeds, sow a distance of about 40 cm between each plant. In most parts of Australia, also keep an eye on caterpillars munching away at your crop. You can go from having enough to feed an army, to zip over night.

Cucumber.

Technically a fruit, but everyone eats cucumbers! It loves a lot of sun, high humidity and a well-prepared soil (with lots of compost). While planting, you should put 2 seeds in each mound, keeping the distance equal to 40 cm between each. Give the plant some kind of structure to grow up, or enough room in a bed to spread along the ground.

Cucumbers

Potato.

Potatoes are another popular product to grow in your garden. But before planting, you should take care of the soil, making it full of organic nutrients. Cow poo is a perfect solution for this, though any other kind of compost is fine as well. Potatoes are really easy to grow. Stick them in  the ground and watch them kick on. You should really pay attention to the health though – your seeding material must be ‘virus-free’, otherwise you’ll have not only have no potatoes now, but you’ll also struggle for years and years.

potatoes

About the author: Professional horticulturalist from NSW. Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well! Aussie_green_thumb.

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