Plant green to keep your beauty routine cleanYou don’t have to be a gardener to provide your cooking with home grown produce. And you don’t have to spend a lot of time tending your plot to harvest the produce. For busy people a kitchen garden is a great and cost effective idea to provide you with a variety of herbs to elevate your food from boring to super and it provides a safety net for eating well when you can’t make it the shops. It doesn’t matter what size your plot or pot is, whether you own it or it’s part of a community garden, nothing is as nourishing as digging, planting and harvesting your own food. When it comes to gardening don’t set your self up to fail by thinking you will become a sustainable urban gardener. It takes time to garden, plants grow slowly (and die) and no matter what you do (organically) the bugs move in! Always plant a plethora of herbs, salad leaves and kale. They all grow easily and at different times of the year. Each major season try a few different fruit and vegetables because um well it’s fun and educational and nothing beats saying †œI grew this’. But don’t get upset if you only get a small crop or the possums beat you to harvest.
Seasonal guideSaying that – I have put together a simple, seasonal guide when pants are harvested in a temperate climate. If nothing at all it will help you know what you should eating that season! Spring
- VEG. garlic, asparagus, peas, artichokes, sprouts, silver beet, kale
- FRUIT: strawberries, cumquats, loquats, edible flowers
- HERBS: all
- VEG: beans, salad leaves, tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, radishes, sweetcorn, zucchini, cucumber, capsicum, beetroot, celery
- FRUIT stone fruit, mango, lemon & limes, melons
- HERBS: all herbs inc basil, coriander, sage.
- VEG: mushrooms, pumpkin, silver beet, kale, salad leaves
- FRUIT: olives, grapes, quinces, figs, pomegranates, pears and persimmons, apples
- HERBS: end of basil + all other herbs but growth slowed.
- VEG: kale, silver beet, spinach, silver beet, avocado, root vegetables, celeriac, leeks, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, garlic & ginger, fennel, sweet potato
- FRUIT : oranges, rhurbarb, pears, mandarin, Lemons (lots)
- HERBS: No basil, little sage, chervil and mint thrive.