Vegetable Garden
Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Landscaping Cape Town Landscaping

Start an Autumn vegetable garden

April – May is a great time to plant vegetables for winter crops. You’ll have fresh home-grown veggies and salad leaves to enjoy throughout the winter months.

Aim to plant your vegetable garden in a sunny spot that gets at least 4hours of sunlight a day. An added bonus is watering isn’t quite such an issue as the temperature is usually cooler, although some water is obviously needed! Raised beds are ideal for veggie growing as they tend to raise the temperature of the enclosed soil.

Before planting prepare your soil by digging in home-made compost with some compost spread on the surface to retain moisture. Continual planting rather than all at the same time will ensure a continuous harvest, and not exhaust the soil.

To control the pesky bugs use a mixture of onion and garlic juice mixed with some hot pepper powder and water. It will soon get rid of unwanted pests and won’t harm plants.
Protect any seeds you plant as birds are quite partial to them for a snack! Spread some shade cloth over the seed bed until they have germinated.

Cool season veg to use are Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Garlic, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions, Shallots, Peas, Radishes, Rutabugas, Spinach, Turnips and Broad beans. If you are planting seeds check planting instructions on the seed packets for different requirements and allow for a 6 week germination time.

Plant according to height, size and space plants will need. Taller at the back of the bed so they don’t overshadow the shorter varieties. 

Winter crops stop growing when mature whereas summer crops keep growing until they go to seed.

Just think how good it will be to be able to pick healthy, tasty, home-grown veg from your vegetable garden for your meals, or to make nourishing, delicious soups throughout winter!

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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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