If you’re thinking of creating a more sustainable life, one of the things you can do is to grow your own food. A lot of people these days are using their patch of land to grow edibles. They’re learning that this “back-to-basics” strategy is not that difficult to carry out and it yields numerous benefits as well.
Land preparation, however, is a must for growing an edible garden. You will need to decide how big it would be and what it would look like. It is also important to determine the most strategic location for it – that so-called “golden spot” for growing food. For this, you can employ garden designers or lawn care services to help you organise and carry out your ideas for edible garden. You can also get advice from them on the kinds of fruits and vegetables that will thrive in your area in every season or through the changing seasons.
For seasonal fruits and veggies, the most abundant yield is usually from December to February. Fruits that are not native to Australia, mainly those from the neighbouring continent of Asia, grow really well when it’s warm and humid. If you wish to have a big selection of fruits and vegetables in the summer, provided below is a guide you can follow to successfully grow summer edibles based on your location.
Sydney and Victoria
Fruits & Vegetables – beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot cauliflower, celery, chicory, chili, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, okra, parsnip, potato, radish, rhubarb shallots, silver beet, spring onion, sweet corn, sweet potato and zucchini.
Melbourne and Tasmania
Fruits & Vegetables – beans, beets, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, English spinach, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, nectarines, onion, parsnip, spicy peppers, pumpkin, spring squash, swede, sweet corn, tomato, turnip, and zucchini.
Adelaide and Perth
Fruits & Vegetables – apples, apricots, avocadoes, blackberries, blueberries, honeydew melons, loquats, oranges, peaches, plums, raspberries, rhubarb, watermelon, Asian greens, beans, beets, carrots, corn, garlic, leeks, lettuce, spring onions, parsnip, potato, and spinach.
SE Queensland and Northern NSW
Fruits & Vegetables – artichoke, beans, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, kiwis, melons, nectarines (and most tropical fruits), okra, onion, peppers, potato, rosella, silver beet, spring onion, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato and tomato.
North Queensland, North Tasmania and Western Australia
Fruits & Vegetables – artichoke, beets, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, radish, shallots, spring onion and tomato.
You can plant these summer fruits and vegetables in April and May, and expect them to be ready for harvest come December.
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