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WINTER VEGGIES PART 1: PREP YOUR PATCH

Posted on 26 May 2016
WINTER VEGGIES PART 1: PREP YOUR PATCH
We all dream of living a life of spontaneity and pina colada's but when it comes to your veggie garden- preparation is key. Follow our top 5 steps to setting up a veggie patch so flourishing that Don Burke himself will be asking what your secret is.
  1. CLEAR An artist doesn't start a masterpiece on top of an old canvas. Cleaning and clearing weeds, fallen leaves and last season's plants gives you a clean slate to get the most out of your space. But before bidding "hoo roo" to all that garden excess, reuse this living matter as compost zero waste is good waste!
  2. DIG The harsh summer sun has disappeared and left us with dry and depleted soils. To get your patch looking lush again, dig over dead crops to renew the soil, make room for your new seedlings and create a healthy base for your winter veggies to grow.
  3. SEED Let the last of your spring and summer veggies come to seed and sprinkle throughout your veggie patch. With a little TLC in the cooler months, come Spring these little babies will be sprouting rampant and can then be moved around and replanted in an orderly fashion.
  4. MULCH The winter frost can be harsh, especially on new seedlings, so add mulch to keep your veggies warm over winter- pea straw is a great organic option, and once it looks to be on its way out dig it back into the garden for added nourishment and replace.
  5. FEED Fertiliser is like a super food for your, well, food. Throughout the winter months feed your patch with a homemade organic fertiliser- you can do this by diluting a mixture of steeped manure and non-toxic weeds and applying as needed.

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