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A kids friendly vegetable garden

I’m going to create a pint sized patch – perfect for kids!

It’s gonna be filled with kid-friendly vegetables, oodles of pretty edible flowers and I’m gonna do it all organically.

I’ve chosen a range autumn and winter growing veggies to suit the coming seasons, but of course if you are planting in spring or summer then you’d reach for kids favourites like tomatoes, cucumbers and corn. I’ve already mixed through some compost into these veggie planters, so they are ready to go.

My kids go mad for peas, I’m going to plant 2 types. A snow pea and also a podding variety called Bounty. Now both of these are dwarf varieties which means they won’t need staking and their pickings will be in easy kiddie reach! This Bounty variety is a really early cropper, in just 7 -10 weeks we’ll be picking handfuls of full sized pods.

Next in goes some broccoli ‘Bambino’, this is one of the branching broccoli’s, so it will still produce a central head but if you lop that off when it’s about the size of a 10 cent piece you’ll get oodles of side shoots that you can pick for months.

Kids love colour, so I can’t forget this rainbow silverbeet – these brightly coloured stems keep their colour, even when cooked!

And you can’t bet mini carrots for a quick veggie garden snack. This is a variety called “Little Fingers” and they are ready to harvest in 4-6 weeks – and best of all they’re perfect picked when they’re about 8cm long.

To really make this patch eye-poppingly pretty I’m going to include some edible flowers too – you can use these to decorate cakes or toss through a salad. I can’t forget some herbs either – these Mixed Punnet Eziplanters are super handy coz you get 6 different herbs all in 1 punnet.

Get the kids excited about these veggies growing and get them involved in caring for the patch as well. So once a fortnight give the plants a dose of the certified organic fertiliser eco-aminogro and then to really amp up production pop in some eco-seaweed too.

With this organic combo your veggies will be sweeter and more tender, which of course the kids will love and with this productive bunch of plants you’ll be picking from the patch in no time!

How to plant a bee friendly garden

Bee’s – what’s all the buzz about and why do we need them in our garden?

When I tell you that 1 in mouthfuls of the food that we eat is thanks to the work of bees and that 90% of all food crops are pollinated by bees… then you begin to understand just how important these supply!

So attracting bees into your garden not only helps pollinate your fruit and veggies, but it can actually help pollinate fruit and vegies on farms up to five kilometres away – because bees will travel that far for the sweet nectar.

Creating a bee-friendly garden at your place is easy – it can be as simple as some pots of flowering plants or as elaborate as a full flowering mass planted border just make sure you’ve got things in flower in every season.

Bright and sweetly scented flowers like these Bidens are irresistible to bees and I can smell why! Bidens are long flowering with a low growing habit and masses of these sunshine yellow, long-lasting flowers. They love full sun and a good trim back once they’ve finished flowering.

You could also try including some Pentas to bring in the bees – these tiny star-shaped flowers come in red, white or lavender shades and the bees just love them! Cut these plants back hard in winter to encourage oodles of new growth in the spring.

Now of course once you’ve attracted bees into your garden you want to make sure that you’re not going to harm them or worse kill them! So if you need to use an insecticide or a fungicide choose one from the eco organic garden range these are certified organic and absolutely safe for bees. Check out the range from eco organic garden here: https://ecoorganicgarden.com.au/

How to grow seeds in a Jiffy Pot

Growing seeds is quick and easy thanks to Jiffy Pots!

Ever wondered how to get your seeds off to best start in your garden? Grow them in Jiffy Pots! In this video Melissa has all the tips and tricks to get you growing with Jiffy Pots by Mr Fothergills and sowing some seeds today.

Potted Strawberry Tower

Why just grow strawberries in a pot when you can create a TOWER of strawberries! Melissa King has this nifty technique to get you harvesting armfuls of strawberries this summer. So get planting strawberries RIGHT NOW (winter and spring) if you are in southern Australian regions.

Creating a raised vegetable garden

Using the lasagne layering technique to fill raised vegetable beds is easy, cheaper and faster than shoveling piles of dirt!

Chloe’s using some Birdies Veggie Grow Crates to create some instant veggie gardens in her backyard. The best way to fill these ready for planting up is using the lasagne or layering technique – this also means you can create raised vegetable gardens quickly, easily and very little soil. You’ll need: – straw – lucerne straw – veggie soil mix – cow manure – pelletised chicken manure – eco-aminogro & eco-flo dolomite.

NOTE – these Veggie Grow Crates – do actually come with a false bottom that can reduce the dept of the bed to approx 30 centimetres. So if you want to get the crates and JUST fill them with veggie soil mix (eg. not do the lasagne layinering technique) then go with this option.

For more info on Birdies products check out: https://birdiesgardenproducts.com.au/

For more info on eco organic garden products check out: http://www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au/

Growing tomatoes in containers

Got a space space? And what to grow tomatoes? YES YOU CAN! Melissa’s got all the tips and tricks you’ll need to get growing tomatoes in a small space, garden or balcony.

There are also some great new release varieties from Oasis Horticulture that you’ll want to try at your place this season. Growing tomatoes is easy and rewarding – so get planting tomatoes NOW for a bumper summer crop.