Now, more than at any other time, if you have a garden, it makes sense to grow your own produce, with the added bonus of it not only tasting better, it’ll be a lot fresher than shop-bought vegetables.
Now there is access to garden centres you should be able to buy veggie seedlings. You could, of course, grow from seed, but you will have to allow for approximately 6 weeks for germination to take place.
There is a large selection of veggies you can plant in Autumn so you can choose vegetables that both you and your family enjoy.
Choose a sunny spot in your garden that gets at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. Owing to cooler temperatures watering is not too much of an issue, but obviously some water will be necessary! If you have, or can access some home-made compost, you can dig some in, but don’t worry too much if that isn’t possible. You may already have an area for vegetables, just prepare it as you would normally.
However, if you haven’t grown veg before maybe you could move a few border plants and use that area for planting some produce. Alternatively, vegetables can be grown in containers. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Cool season veggies to plant are: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots, cauliflowers, collards, chard, leeks, broad beans, onions, shallots, Rutabugas, garlic, radishes, peas and celery. Lettuce, spinach, rocket and spring onions are easy-to-grow salad crops.
Continual planting rather than ‘all at one time’ is the best way to ensure a continual harvest, and not deplete the soil of nutrients.
Growing your own vegetables might be necessary at the moment, but, who knows, you may get to really enjoy it and become a permanent veggie grower!
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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.