Articles - Landscaping & Gardening

A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Edible Garden

21st August 2017

Not only can a backyard veggie patch save you money on your weekly food shop, and provide inspiration for some new healthy eating habits, it also adds vibrant life and colour into your garden. Best of all, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to harvest your own homegrown salad greens or garnish your dinner with some freshly picked herbs.

If you are new to the art of growing your own food, a good place to start is by investing in a raised garden bed or two.

- Joel Barker, Director, Seedesign Studio.

There are all shapes and sizes of ready-made raised garden beds available to buy, or you could have a crack at making your own from recycled railway sleepers or perhaps a good-sized apple crate. Growing your garden in raised beds will help to make it easy to maintain. Once you have your garden beds installed, fill them with some good quality soil, mixed with a generous amount of compost and fertiliser.

Now, for the best bit. It’s planting time! The trick to getting a bounty of delicious homegrown vegetables is to plant the right plants for the correct season. In summer your best bet might be tomatoes, basil and capsicum, while in the colder months rocket, parsley and silverbeet will serve you well. Have a look at the sowing guides for your region, and you can’t go wrong.

Growing edible plants often requires a bit more water than the rest of your garden, but one way to reduce this is by using a good quality mulch. Pea straw is an excellent choice, helping to prevent your precious garden from drying out while also reducing weed growth. Over time this breaks down into the soil so it will need to be freshened up throughout the year.

Planting a fruit tree, such as a lemon or mandarin can provide a nice shady garden spot as well as producing food for your table.

- Joel Barker, Director, Seedesign Studio.  

Your edible garden doesn’t have to be contained within a raised veggie patch. Think outside the box!  If you have a small garden, growing a passionfruit vine up a fence or wall can be a great way to get the most out of your space.

With a bit of hard work upfront and some maintenance throughout the seasons, soon you will have a beautiful, productive garden that will keep on giving! For more information on gardening and landscaping, contact Seedesign Studio.