Eating your home-grown fruit and vegetables can be very rewarding. Here are a few tips to help you succeed.

  • Pick a location where your plants will get sunlight. This will determine how well they will grow. Plants that get up to 6 hours of sunlight will grow best.
  • Choose a location close to a water supply.
  • Determine whether you are planting in the ground, in pots, raised garden beds or a planter box.
  • Pick good quality soil that retains nutrients and holds water. Preparing your own compost allows for you to recycle your organic waste including food scrapes and garden waste.
  • Choose vegetables and fruit plants that suit your location and space. Check packaging for details.
  • Before planting seeds or seedlings turn the soil over to loosen and aerate.
  • Rotate your plants, by not planting the same vegetables and fruit in the same spot each year. This will discourage disease and pests.

Choose the best time of year to plant

Growing tasty vegetables and fruit depends on the weather. Plants need to be able to tolerate weather conditions. Be sure to check the planting guide on most seed and seedling packaging.

There are generally two types of planting seasons. Cooler-season and warmer-season.

Cooler season  Warmer seasons

Carrots
Snow peas
Peas
Choko
Spring onion
Lettuce
Squash
Mandarins
Oranges
Apples
Avocadoes

Sweet potato
Zucchini
Cabbage
Cucumber
Melons
Mangoes
Corn
Tomato
Snake beans
Capsicums
Chillies

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