GARDEN GURU JASON HODGES SHARES HIS TIPS FOR A HOME HARVEST
30 OCTOBER 2021
GROWING YOUR OWN VEGGIES AND HERBS ISN’T THAT DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE ADVICE FROM JASON HODGES AND RYOBI OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT
If you’re spending more time at home these days and want to maximise your time in the garden, why not consider
planting a backyard veggie garden – or, as I like to call it – a ‘kitchen garden’. I say, kitchen garden because veggies,
herbs and some citrus can be transferred directly from garden to plate, delivering tastier, nutrition-rich food … and even some savings on your grocery bill.
In a perfect world, you would have four beds. This helps with crop rotation and means you won’t disturb plants that
are establishing or well established when you’re working
another the bed with new manure or compost. You can also
plant some veggies together, like all your rooting veggies
(carrots, parsnips and beetroots) and all your beans and
SPREAD IT OUT
Try to plant something each month. For example, rather than
planting 12 tomatoes all at once, plant four each month. That means you can span a season and don’t get all your crop over a short period of time. Did you know one bean when planted can produce over a kilogram of beans? There’s no reason why you can’t save some of them for next year and eliminate even buying your seeds.
Herbs cost plenty when you’re buying bunches at the supermarket, but rosemary, sage, coriander, thyme and many more are easily grown throughout most Australia nearly all year-round. And don’t get me started on the price of lemons!
Start small and watch your enthusiasm grow along with your own kitchen garden.