Winter Gardening

I’ve been inspired by several blogs about living sustainably. I’ve lived a greener life since I’ve moved to Australia but a personal decision recently has given me a real reason to reduce my carbon footprint. So after reading this blog this morning, I made a decision to create a small vegetable garden and it took me only one afternoon from start to finish. It was so quick and easy. I picked up a few styrofoam boxes from the green grocer for FREE and a few supplies from the local garden centre.

I alleviated the boxes with a few wooden stakes to improve drainage. I then line them with leftover flyscreen mesh to stop the soil and compost from draining through the holes.
Setting up Vege & Herb Boxes

Richard’s been working on his compost for months now and it has paid off! The compost is dark, rich, moist and packed with nutrients. I filled a quarter of each box with compost.
Compost

I mixed premium potting mix with regular potting mix that I had leftover. I also sprinkled in a few handful of blood and bone and gave it a real good mix. The boxes were now filled up with this potting mixture. The seedlings were planted and given a good drink of seaweed solution. I’ve got space for two more boxes and pots too so more vegetables to be put in over the next few weeks. I will update you again in a couple of months when I start harvesting.
Vege & Herb Boxes

I couln’t capture the garden in one photo so I made a video instead. Turn the sound on because I’m narrating it as I’m walking around the garden.

P.S. I think the mic makes me sound nasally.

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9 Responses to “Winter Gardening”

  1. Kukka-75 says:

    Nicw little garden you have now. Hope you get a good harvest!

  2. Erna says:

    I did the same thing last yr. grew my own veges. I had corn, chillies, kangkong, brinjal, tomato, herbs like parsley, oregano and the like. It was really nice being able to just go out in the garden to get what I needed to use. I’m inspired:p will do that again soon!

  3. Salihan says:

    I hope you do Erna!

  4. Sandra says:

    That’s a good start growing yr own vegetables. Question, do you need to put a screen or mesh over yr vegetables. You need to check that insects are not invading yr leafs. I grew mustard green (sawi I think) from seeds and half was devoured by caterpillars and slugs.
    When I harvested i made a pot of meehoon fried with mustard green, lovely.
    What other plants do you plan to grow? If you’re planning to grow vegetables in soil, it will be good that you read on crop rotation too.
    Am so excited for you.

  5. Salihan says:

    I haven’t had much problems with slugs or snails in this garden. But I found this good tip to kill them organically. Mix 1 part very strong espresso coffee with 10 parts water and spray onto the leaves. Reapply after rain. Maybe you can try that on your plants too.

  6. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the tip. Will try that next yr.

  7. Melissa Goodsell says:

    I love the little video :))
    We’re starting to grow our own vegies and fruit this year too – it will be our first!
    Melx

  8. Salihan says:

    Haha thanks! That’s awesome that you’re growing fruit and veges too! 😀 Such greenies we are.

  9. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! I just grew my first garden this summer and it was such an amazing experience. It felt so good to put food on my table that I grew. Lucky that you’re in Australia, you can grow and compost year round. It’s a little trickier in Canada.

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