DESIGN ELEMENTSEdible Gardens Series Part 3 and part 4 and 5
Part 3 is selecting and buying the seeds and plants.
Probably the most enjoyable part of the edible garden process.
Let’s find out…
I'm talking with Glenice Buck, landscape designer and consulting arborist.
You don't have to go to a store, because every type of vegetable is available online, either as a seed, or seedlings.
You can buy advanced seedlings as an example, from a mail order company in Gippsland, Victoria if it‘s getting a bit late to sow or plant your winter crop. www.diggers.com.au
They call them speedings, because they’re at least a month ahead of where you would be if you started them from seeds.
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Edible Gardens part 4 Companion Planting
This series is about edible gardens from start to finish.
So far we’ve covered, site selection, soil preparation and selection of plants or seeds for your garden Part 4 is about companion planting,
So what is it?
.Let’s find out…
I'm talking Glenice Buck, landscape designer and consulting arborist.
If you’re dubious about companion planting at the very least, plant out some flowering annuals close to your veggie garden to attract pollinating insects.
Marigolds and alyssum attract not only pollinators but beneficial insects as well.
- Marigolds (Stinking Rogers) planted out in veggie beds will repel a number of bugs with their somewhat smelly foliage and are proven to kill nematodes in the soil.
- Chives, thyme and catnip planted with roses will deter aphids and other typical rose diseases.
- Basil works well with tomatoes by repelling flies and mosquitoes.
- Dill, chervil and coriander growing in between carrots will help to deter insects.
- Alternating leeks and carrots in rows will protect each other from insect attack.
- Beetroot, onions, silverbeet, lettuce, cabbage and dwarf beans all work in combination with each other to create a mini ecosystem and will battle through insect attack well together.
- Chervil and coriander are good to plant amongst carrots.
Edible Gardens part 5
So what’s on the list? Mulching, fertilising, pruning, weeding but what else?
I'm talking wiht Glenice Buck, landscape designer and consulting arborist.
.Let’s find out…
Top of the list is watering your garden, especially the veggie garden.
Glenice recommends hand watering so you can monitor the needs of the veggies.
Fertilising is not far behind as well as using seaweed liquid every 10 days to 2 weeks.
- Once the plants are in and growing, you need to be aware of the soil moisture conditions. Autumn showers are always beneficial for the vegetable garden, there is nothing like rain to push along the garden.
- You will need to supplement this rain with hand watering. Whenever possible, I would encourage gardeners to water their vegetable garden by hand as you can assess the water needs of plants individually, however if this is not possible an irrigation system which is monitored regularly is fine but make sure in times of rain it is switched off.
- The biggest destroyer of vegetables through the winter months is over watering, which can cause fungal diseases.