In the garden: winter veggie patch

When I think of the veggies in the winter patch, I think of comfort food. Think veggies that form the base of soups and hearty meals.. like carrots, leeks and onions.

Seeds are the cheapest way to grow veggies, however they need to be watered frequently to germinate and they may require the soil to be a bit warmer than it is in the depths of winter. Seedlings are a more instant way of establishing a vegetable garden, but more costly. I find carrots are more successful sown as seed, but others such as the brassicas and peas can be planted easily as seedlings.

The Winter vegetable garden should be producing a range of cooler season crops such as:

  • Cauliflower 
  • Broccoli 
  • Cabbage
  • Peas 
  • Snow peas
  • Lettuce 
  • Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Onions
  • Radish 
  • Rocket

If you think you might be a bit late to this years veggie patch, you can always buy a tray of seedlings. 

Fertilse plants using a liquid fertiliser such as seasol every second week.

Preparing for spring

Get a head start on veggies for Spring/Summer and start seeds in trays like tomatoes, beans, corn, zucchini, cucumber. Plant in early Spring or after the last frost. 

 

Start Spring/Summer veggies in trays in Winter to get a head start. Image Clancy Paine

 

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