October 25, 2010 at 5:18 am #253495
Just wondering who is able to grow enough vegies to provide something fresh and local (like walking distance from the house) each day?
How do you time your planting so you don’t end up with gluts?
How much space do your gardens take up?
Obviously as a newbie vegie gardener, trying to grow enough vegies to eat all year round would be rather difficult as well as time consuming… but I like to research anyway, perhaps I can try smallscale – like try to have a constant supply of lettuce and tomatoes for the Summer/ Autumn months, then extend it to something else next Winter and so on…October 25, 2010 at 5:48 am #480738ShibbyMember
If you intend to pick something from your vege garden each day, it makes sense to plant something each day, or at least a few things fairly often.October 25, 2010 at 5:48 am #480739BelMember
We grow enough veggies to have some all year round. We do have gluts, but tend to freeze/preserve/bottle the excess or give it away. Some things store better than others, so we grow lots of this stuff (peas, snow peas in winter, tomatoes, corn etc in summer). Inbetween seasons is hard (like now), but some things we generally grow all year round – like lettuce, carrots, herbs, assorted beans etc. It is time consuming, but it’s our hobby & our love as well as what we do to feed ourselves. We started small and grew more and more each year. Now we wouldn’t know how to grow something on a small scale if we tried!October 25, 2010 at 5:56 am #480740
How big is your growing area Bel?
I’d be quiet happy to rely on carrots, beans and frozen peas during the slower months! Yummo!October 25, 2010 at 8:46 am #480741NexMember
I try to plant something every week, from early august when the frosts begin to die down.
Even if its just 12 corn seeds or a handful of spring onion seeds.
If I had to choose just one veg to feed a family something it would be zucchini/squash. Plant 3 and you can eat it every day!
I must admit we get a bit lazy about veg gardening in the winter. It’s too cold to really enjoy getting out there for me!
Diggers recommend that 3 x 1m x 3m beds should be able to provide enough veg space to feed a family something every day.
Add to that herb pots, and somewhere to grow larger veg like pumpkin, corn and zucchini/squash.October 25, 2010 at 9:39 am #480742recyclingdivaMember
msg wombat ( Nev ) he has a great spreadsheet thingy that tells u when to plant what in succesive sowings to supply u all year.
very helpful indeed. 😀October 25, 2010 at 11:14 am #480743osakasuzMember
Research which perennial vegetables will grow in your area and plant lots. We find that kale, silverbeet, ceylon spinach and others provide leafy greens almost year round. Then other things are seasonal.
We also lacto-ferment lots of things in spring, so that in summer we have a ready made ‘salad’ in the fridge – kimchi, sauerkraut and the like. Easier than growing leafy greens in the hot Brisbane weather.October 25, 2010 at 11:14 am #480744
I did see Wombat’s spreadsheet today when looking at his site and thought I could use that to help me with successional planting.
I think if I go by some of the suggestions above and just plant a few things each week, then there should always be something ripening in the future! Oh I can’t wait to have a completely homegrown salad! Or soup!ÂOctober 25, 2010 at 11:30 am #480745WombatMember
😀 Cool!:tup: I’m glad it was of use!
NevOctober 25, 2010 at 11:38 am #480746
Your whole site is great Wombat! I have it bookmarked for easy reference 😀October 25, 2010 at 11:55 am #480747mistyhollowsMember
I’m going to have to check out your site Wombat! I must say we had a completely home grown salad tonight, tomatoes and all, very chuffed with myself 😀 . Zucchinis are a great one to plant too, I put mine in about 6 weeks ago from seedling and we’ll be eating our first this week and there are heaps more coming on, can’t wait!
I agree with the other comments above Fozzie that you need to be regularly planting something every week or so. I’ve fallen behind as we were sick with the flu for a month and now I’m so behind in my plantings :uhoh:
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