What can I plant in the garden now?

What can I plant in the garden now?

By Michelle Stoffels
10 Nov 2016

If I had one dollar for every time I’d heard this I could have employed my own gardener for a year!

It’s important to get your planting times right, so here is a quick overview of what you should be up to in your vegetable patch.

Basil can be popped in the garden now, buy as seedlings and plant near your tomatoes, the two are very compatible.   Keep a spot for your beans, plant seeds, keep them well watered and above all watch out for snails.  Plant seeds of sweetcorn and radish and prepare a large patch for all of your cucurbits which can be started from seed or seedlings – cucurbits include your pumpkins, watermelons, rockmelons, cucumbers and zucchini.

For those of you that enjoy eggplant or aubergine – buy your seedlings now and get them in the garden in a patch rich with organic matter.  Eggplant are compatible with capsicum and lettuce.  Pop in staggered plantings of capsicum (as you should do with most vegetables) to give you an extended harvest.  Try a few different varieties of lettuce, there is a large range of different shapes, colours and sizes, perfect for salads.

Don’t forget to sow seed of spring onions, these are easy to grow and can be harvested 8 -14 weeks from germination.  Keep them away from your beans, they are not compatible at all.

Beetroot – this low in fat, mineral and vitamin packed vegetable is a must in the garden and in the diet.  Make sure you thin out your seedlings and harvest at golf-ball size for tasty results. 

Why not try growing your own celery – plant seedlings now, plant them quite close, 15 to 25 cm.  Most types of celery will need blanching, this just means to keep the sun from the stems.  You can use cut down milk cartons or planks of wood against the stems or you can wrap the stems in black plastic.  Make sure the soil is very fertile and keep the plants moist.

Vegetable gardens take a bit of work, and to keep them productive you need to be constantly maintaining them.  If you put in ten minutes work each time you go out to pick produce the workload seems negligible. 

Dates for your diary – Wodonga TAFE AgVet Chemical Licensing.  Learn the industry standards for chemical use, storage and handling - 2 day short course, 15 and 22 November $360.  Reaccreditation is also available.  For more information ring 1300 MY TAFE (1300 698 233).

Pictured - Wodonga TAFE Certificate III Horticulture students Josephine Greenhalgh and Bill Meares with a newly established raised vegetable garden.