We have a lot of raised garden bed in our back yard with basically dirt in it, we were thinking of starting a vegie and herb garden, but we're not the world's best gardeners, so what do you have in yours, what would you suggest a novice gardener start planting with? We're in Qld, so full sun and minimal rain. Any tips? I have heard planting Marigolds around the edges is meant to stop the bugs eating your vegies?
Eta: We are the most non-fussy eating family, we eat everything, especially love Asian foods, so chillies (bird's eye), basil, Vietnamese mint, shallots, bok choy, pak choy etc.
Love vegies of any kind, so nothing is out of bounds.
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22-09-2015 13:38 #1
Starting a Vegie/Herb garden?
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22-09-2015 13:55 #2
I would look at what you like to eat, no point putting carrots in for example if you don't eat carrots.
Tomatoes are easy to grow, basil is a good companion plant.
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Definitely herbs of all kinds! Well the ones you use obviously. I always have parsley, thyme, basil, chives, rosemary.
Cherry tomatoes are great for a beginner; so prolific so it feels really rewarding!
Capsicums are good too.
Other than that, it depends on how much room you have and what you use in your diet.
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22-09-2015 14:29 #4
I've just done this!! I'm no gardener. Live in qld.
I love herbs so I've planted them.
I've got mint, basil, parsley and coriander.
Plus cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber and strawberries.
I planted seedlings. And so far so good!
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22-09-2015 15:01 #5
Kale and silverbeet are indestructible! I chuck them in pasta, stews, everything- we're practically living on kale right now cos I want to clear the vege patch for summer crops.
Corn is great fun for kids, it grows so tall. Tomatoes & strawberries are also good to plant now (I'm in WA though).
And herbs. Parsley is very easy to grow.
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22-09-2015 15:08 #6
I'm in Brisbane.
Basil,parsley, thyme, mint, rosemary and coriander, thai basil, Vietnamese mint, sage
Lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, carrots, beetroot, snow peas, rocket.
These are the things I've had best luck with, zero luck with kale or spinach as grubs ate it.
We put shade cloth over our garden in summer or it fries.
Keep the water up to the mint and lettuce.
22-09-2015 15:14 #7
Over summer your Veges will need watering 2-3 times a day in qld. We have a watering system on an automatic timer because we are never home etc.
Also leafy greens are difficult in qld summer - maybe ok until nov but better in winter. Reason being they will wilt in the heat and summer brings with it an increase in pests that love leafy greens! You can help avoid pests with netting etc. We find in winter our silverbeet, kale & lettuce grow much better and don't get many pests at all.
Best summer veg are cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, snow peas. Basil loves summer and sunshine and will just keep giving.
Don't plant mint in the garden it will take over everything / better in a pot on its own.
And as others have said don't plant things you won't use much of. Also some plants take forever to 'fruit' and then die and it feels like a waste of time and effort. Leeks take 6 months to grow! Learned that the hard way...
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22-09-2015 15:50 #8
@Tamtam, your herb garden looks great!
Thanks for the great tips ladies, I have noted them down so I know what to buy/not buy in terms of our climate and time, as
@CMF, we have a big back raised garden, so plenty of room, it runs along the back of our yard.
@sunnygirl79, good point about the mint, my Mum used to have Mint in the garden (normal variety, not Vietnamese and it was like a weed, took over the whole back garden, very hardy!
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22-09-2015 16:19 #9
22-09-2015 16:23 #10
We will be making a veggie and herb garden soon. The ones we will plant:
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