If you are full of enthusiasm for growing and harvesting your own vegetables, don’t hold back. Get out and get planting – but here are tips and advice to ensure success as you start your new gardening adventure.
Spring is the time when the vegie patch is prepared for planting warm-season vegetables. Flowers form and fruit develops allowing harvest from spring plantings in mid to late summer, and even through to autumn when the growing cycle starts all over again with the planting of crops for autumn and winter.
Spring and summer are planting time for warm-season vegies including tomato, zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkin, capsicum and chilli as well as leafy greens and herbs. The timing of the planting of these plants that love sunshine and warmth is to do with how cold your area is in late winter and spring. Where conditions are warm and frost free, start planting in early spring. In areas with frost, and particularly late frost, hold off planting out tender vegies such as tomato, zucchini, pumpkin and cucumber until the soil is warm and all threat of frost has passed.
Follow this easy, seven-step guide to get you started so you can confidently grow your own tasty edible produce.