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    Default I want a veggie patch who can help??

    Ok this is a bit random...

    i have decided to do a veggie patch, I love the idea of eating fresh veggies from my own garden no sprays or chemicals and super fresh.

    however i have no idea about gardening!! I have a beautiful rosé garden in my front yard which I have managed to maintain and improve but it was already here when we bought the house.

    The previous owners were gardeners and had veggie patches so I already have the marked out areas, I just don't know where to start.

    any help or direction would be appreciated. I would love cherry tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, cucumbers, snow peas, zucchini basically anything lol

    whats easy to grow? To begin with?
    My DH is going to come home his work trip and think iv gone crazy lol

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    I had one a few years ago when we had a big property.
    Pumpkin (butternut) grows easily, silverbeet, potatoes, zucchini.
    Watermelons, lettuce... Um what else....
    Tomatoes, mint, parsley, coriander, dill.
    I got a spray from bunnings that was natural, had chili and garlic in it to keep the bugs off.
    Good luck!

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    We have one out the back. Dp and dd started it. One piece of advice do the tomatoes at the back of you garden and give them plenty of space. Our cherry tomato plants and nearly as big as me and taking over our whole little patch. We also have beans, capsicum, watermelon and parsley. We have fruit off our tomatoes and some beans coming. I dunno much about what soil etc dp has used. And we had to stake the tomatoes because of the size. Dd waters them every day. Sorry I can't be more helpful....good luck!

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    We've grown cucumbers at work too they were quite easy to grow and we got heaps off them!

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    I started one last year from scratch knowing nothing and it thrived (though I had a good mentor lol) this year it's looking even better and it has self seeded it self from where we threw tomatoes into the garden last year.
    What I have found the easiest to grow is cucumber, tomato, corn and silver beet.
    I had know idea that when you pick corn how lovely it is to just peel it and eat it raw, kids love it.
    Let me know if you have any question
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    I was directed to the below site by a member of this forum in a similar thread about a month/6 weeks ago - my square foot garden is going great guns and I am growing everything DS doesn't eat leafy greens normally but eats thm straight out of the garden now!

    http://www.squarefootgardening.org/

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    I've been getting into growing a few things. I am such a novice still though.

    So far I've found zucchini, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb and herbs the easiest.

    What are people in Melbourne planting at the moment?

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    Before you start, dig some manure into the soil. It will reek for about 3 days, but it will dramatically increase the success of your veggies! Where are you? In NSW in November, you'll have the most luck with:

    beans (easy)
    asparagus,
    carrots
    radishes (easy)
    lettuce
    cucumbers
    tomatoes
    pumpkins (but you need lots of space)

    Put the tall plants at the back and the short ones at the front (so the big plants don't block the sunlight) and plant some marigolds around the edge. Bug hate the smell of them, so they're a good natural pest deterrent.

    Plant things quickly because you're well into spring and you want to have time to get lots of vegetables before you start planting your winter things.

    Hope it goes well. We had a veggie garden at our last place and I loved it!

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    I'm shocking at keeping things alive, but I have always had a lot of success with Broad beans. I hear tuscan kale was easy to grown too. I've had success with strawberries, and pumpkins as well.

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    Make a wicking bed is my hot tip!! Then your patch is self watering!! Winning!!
    Check this out :
    http://www.mvcc.vic.gov.au/for-resid...eb%202012.ashx

    Good luck!! May the fruits of your labour be plentiful!!


 

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