When the leaves start falling, it’s time to plant your vegetables ready for winter.
If you have never planted a vegetable garden before, different vegetables can be planted all year round, so anytime is a good time to start. Whether you live on a lifestyle block or in an apartment, you can have a vegetable garden, as you only need a small space for a planting box.
There are many positive aspects to growing your own vegetables, including the rewarding feeling of having the vegetables on your plate coming from your own garden, sown by your own hands, and impressing your dinner guests. You also have control of the environment they are grown in and the amount of insecticide, if any, is used. There are more environmentally friendly and toxicity free options available such as botanical insecticide, using Neem oil (only on the plants where you don’t eat the leaves), or making your own insecticide. This can be done by combining 1tbsp of red pepper powder, six drops of earth-friendly dishwashing liquid mixed in 3 litres of water. Pour into a bottle with a spray lid attached and spray over the leaves in your vegetable garden.
The best vegetables to plant in Autumn are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroots, Brussel sprouts, broad beans and silverbeet. Spinach also grows well in Autumn and will add availability to the dark green leafy vegetables to keep you going through winter.
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and silverbeet are a good source of fat soluble vitamins A, K, and folate, as well as minerals such as iron and calcium. They also contain vitamin C, which cannot be produced naturally or stored in the body, therefore dietary intake is essential. It is important to consume a large amount of vegetables to help support your body to deal with the exposure of cold and flu viruses that are airborne and difficult to avoid when we are around other people.
So plant your vegetables now so you can enjoy them over the winter season when you are hibernating.