It was great to see in our recent Workshop poll that many community members already grow their own backyard produce.
But for those who either feel too time-poor to grow veggies or lack confidence to give it a try, please let us know what you think are the easiest ways to get started.
What are your tips for the easiest veggies to grow? What other advice can you share with community members who would like to get started growing their own food.
At the moment you can plant things like potatoes, spring onions, carrots and capsciums which are all pretty easy. Depending on where you are it will also soon be warm enough for the likes of lettuce and tomato, which can be a little harder because of pests but we worth growing.
A simple herb garden is a good place to start. Parsley, mint, corriander, rosemary, basil, chives and thyme.
For vegetables at this time of year you can plant things like beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, lettuce, spinach, spring onion, sweet corn, tomato and zucchini.
Would suggest mint, which grows like a weed (probably best to keep in pots for that reason) and any leafy greens, which don't need as much sun as a lot of other vegetables. You can also pack them in together so you don't need a lot of space.
Then when you've got some confidence you can move up to tomatoes.
I have a 9 square meter raised vegetable garden that has failed in most cases due to the summer heat, but I have in it a superb mint ground cover. Ideally, because this grows like a "weed" it has covered this area nicely and smells absolutely devine.
While hunting for Radius garden hand tools, I stumbled upon this site, it caters to people around Sydney that don't have time, space, or the skills to set up a home vegie patch.
I'm thinking that the pre-planted elevated beds, might be the perfect Christmas present to give an elderly family member. They can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of a worry free fresh vege supply, that's tailoured to their taste, & at an ideal picking height.
My mint grows in a sleeper bed on a sloped block of approximately 40cm deep at one end to 1.2 meters deep at the other. It is 3 meters x 3 meters square and because of this depth is why I believe it failed as a regular vege garden. Although I used great bought in soil, it drains way to efficiently and dries out. The mint seems to love this.