G rowing your own fruit and vegetables is not only beneficial for the environment but also keeps your wallet a little fuller during the week.
Looking after your vegie garden can be difficult during the colder months, but Yates has provided us with some eco-friendly and timely tips for getting the most out of your vegie garden this autumn.
● Sow some lettuce, radishes, spinach, turnips and leeks — most of these can be started in pots and then transplanted into the ground as the soil cools.
● If you grow tomatoes, after you pick them try drying them for later use — you can also try cooking pulped tomatoes or freeze them in ice cube trays to add to warm winter dishes.
● Only pick pumpkins after their stalks have shrivelled — leave them in a sunny, dry spot to harden off before storing.
● Lift and divide rhubarb clumps in early autumn, but wait until the middle of winter if you live in colder areas.
● In acidic soil districts, mix some lime or dolomite into the soil to sweeten it slightly, which is beneficial for most veggies.
● Try growing something different in your vegetable bed — Yates suggests some edible Kale which grows perfectly during frosty winters, Japanese turnip Hakurei which is a sweet-flavoured favourite which looks a bit like its European cousin.
● Watch for pests, especially if the weather stays warm — choose pesticides with care and make sure that they are suitable for your particular crop.
● Keep liquid feeding leafy vegetables and salad greens. Yates suggests using Uplift, Thrive or Aquasol.
● By keeping these few tips in mind you'll be growing your own environmentally-friendly veggie patch in no time.
Details: For more information and tips visit: yates.com.au