All good Easter Bunnies need a vegetable patch, so I thought it was a good time to tackle the topic of growing vegetables. Well, I bit off more than I could chew, so consider this Part One.
Let’s start with the easy bit. Some inspiration.
(Header photo source: Victoria Skoglund.)
Good looking, hey? Looks are important because our vegetable garden is going in our front yard. I like the simplicity of several black boxes in a row, but I’d also like to soften the look of the front yard so gardens with varying heights and angles appeal to me too. There are plenty more swish vegetable gardens to see in my Pinterest file.
I’ve grown herbs and a few veggies before but on a very small scale. The more I read, the more I go round in circles considering aspect, soil, garden bed material, climate, pests and even who’s friends with who in the vegetable world. So I’ve narrowed my plan of attack down to these three options:
- Continue to study up and plan a technically correct vegetable garden.
- Bribe my Dad with an airfare, give him a budget and let him loose in my front yard.
- Wing it.
I’m currently favouring the last option. In the mean time, here are a few resources that I’ve found interesting:
- Yates – my hard copy of Yates Garden Guide is in storage, so I had to resort to the web. This site has a lot of Australian based information. I signed up to trial their virtual garden, but it lacks the detail to be useful.
- Garden Angels – How to Grow Your Own Vegetables video series. These cheerful and short videos start right from the basics of building your own garden bed.
- Online Garden Planner. The trial version is free. You can map out your garden space, getting an idea of scale.
And because I’ve failed dismally so far to put together a “This is how I’m going do it” plan, I am referring you to the talented Steph from Saltbush Avenue. Not only did Steph do her research and develop a great vegetable garden plan that included the most adorable illustrations, but she’s harvested her first crop and is now teasing me with photos of home grown veggies.
Have a great Easter everyone and don’t forget to leave a carrot out for the rabbit.