Your Guide to a Winter Veggie Garden.

Just like humans, some plants love warm and sunny weather, and others prefer cold and crisp weather. The possibilities to grow a veggie garden in winter are endless! Foods that grow in winter conditions are the ideal ingredients for yummy soups, roasts, casseroles and stews. Planting and growing your own veggies is good for your health. Gardening is therapeutic, and your veggies can be organic. Now is the perfect time to start. Here’s your ultimate guide for a hearty winter veggie garden.

“What should I plant?”

When you think winter gardens, you don’t normally envisage fruit! However, did you know that fruit trees prefer June plantings? You can now find bare rooted fruit trees such as pears, apples, peaches and plums in local nurseries. It’s best to plant these now while the tree is dormant. As for veggies and herbs, our top ten foods that thrive in the crisp winter air include; onions and shallots, garlic, peas, beetroot, broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes, broccoli, and parsley. Depending on your tastes, there are many others that will flourish in winter conditions too.

“When do I plant them?” 

Melbourne gardening experts recommend a staggered planting throughout June, July and August. The first month of winter is the optimal time for planting radishes, thyme, garlic, broad beans, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages. Then, in the second month of winter, plant your lettuce, parsnips, parsley, shallots and sage. Lastly, finish off the season with peas, beetroot, garlic, spinach, potatoes, tomato and spring onions.

Your Guide to a Winter Veggie Garden

“How do I care for them?”

Location, location, location. To create a successful veggie garden, choose the perfect spot in your yard. Most winter vegetables prefer at least four to six hours of sun a day. Plant your leafy plants in the more shaded area of your vegetable patch. Use good soil that is rich in compost and organic matter. When it comes to watering, don’t let your crops dry out during the germination and seedling stage. As they grow, ensure the soil remains moist but not wet. Be careful not to over water your plants. Over-watering may lead to root rot. It can also create a wet and dark environment that invites pests and diseases.

Extra handy hints

An effective, natural way to repel pests is by planting your vegetables next to pungent smelling herbs such as basil, oregano, lavender and sage.

If you only have minimal space, don’t despair. Common herbs are perfect for small pots. Surprisingly, carrots and radishes can also survive in pots. And, beans and peas can climb a trellis to save you some space.

If you love your garden but need a helping hand, After-Care is here to help. With a wide range of gardening services such as lawn mowing, weeding, pruning, trimming shrubs, preparing garden beds and much more! Phone our friendly team on 1300 46 46 63 to find out more.