D-man had his cousin Ta Ta over for a play date so the two of them and Miss Moo enjoyed helping me prepare the soil and re-plant the veggie garden. It was looking very sad after our initial 1st attempt at growing veggies last year which turned out quite well for a while but then eventually for one reason or another needed re-doing. Here is a picture: From this garden we enjoyed spinach, lettuce, zucchini, a couple of cobs of corn(!) and the cucumbers did not really turn out so well. There were also some herbs, salad cress and small tomatoes. The tomatoes had a tough time as Miss Moo frequently liked to get in there and pick them way too unripe. The ripe ones she managed to pick she would like to munch on right there and then.
That was a couple of weeks ago now, I’ll post an update photo soon!
This time we planted silverbeet, mixed kale and cos lettuce. Our basil, parsley and chives are still going strong. So I’ll always have nutritious organic greens for stir fries, green smoothies, kale chips and more! That’s the plan, anyway 🙂
If you are thinking of starting a little veggie garden, go for it! We picked up the raised garden bed from Aldi, but Bunnings would be a good place to go too. Then we went to the nursery and ordered a trailer full of their ‘veggie garden soil’ to be dropped off at our house. We got this as we have difficult clay soil and just wanted to increase our chances of success from the start. We picked a nice sunny area in the backyard and set it all up. Then we picked out some seedlings that we thought we would like to grow and eat, went home and planted them. A bit of fertilizer
every some fortnights and voila! Well, not quite – we did get pests and overwatered the zucchini but hey, it’s all trial and error, right?
So that’s how we did it but it will be different for different people. Some of you may have area of garden you could just dig up and put a few seedlings in. Even if you just try one or two things. Better than none. For those of you with no area to do this there are many foods you can grow in pots (or containers). For container growing ideas check out his article: 66 Things You Can Grow In A Container I found that on a favourite facebook page Clean Eating With Kids
I really enjoyed having a compost bin to throw the scraps into – the stuff that the guinea pigs would not want. It made me feel less wasteful and reduced the fullness of our council bin. It was great to then use the nutritious soil that it turned into for the new seedlings to grow in. Funnily, I have random mystery sprouts popping up. I don’t think they’re weeds… not sure what to do… they will crowd the others if I leave them but I am too curious to see what I might be able to grow by accident!
As far as pest control goes, I have found a recipe for a natural repellant which I will try and then post the recipe if it works! I have ALREADY noticed a few holes in one of the kales, so I should know pretty quickly if it is successful.
I hope I’ve inspired a few people to give veggie gardening a chance. It’s a great thing for kids to learn too. It may even help fussy eaters – if it is a novelty for them to help grow and pick the foods and then maybe even help cook them. So there are benefits for your health, your family, the environment and your hip pocket! I’ll post another couple of helpful sites to help you get started. Have fun!!