How To - Vegetable Gardening

Battle the bugs
As summer warms up, bugs get busy. Protecting our plants is a multi-pronged approach, and in the battle against bugs, it's best to act before the damage is done. Awareness and early intervention are key if we are to stay on top of pest populations.
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Grow beans
There are all sorts of beans, both annual (a one season life span) and perennial (lasting many seasons).
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Grow beautiful tomatoes
To grow beautiful tomatoes you will need - warm sunny weather, good clean soil (or planting mix), seeds or seedlings, stakes, tomato food and water
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Grow capsicums and chillies
Early summer is the time to plant sweet peppers and hot peppers. They're fun to grow with so many different colours, shapes and sizes to choose from.
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Grow crops in pots
Who doesn't love the idea of eating fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables every day? Anyone can make it happen, even when there's no dirt to dig. If your outdoors is tiny or temporary (or if the prospect of digging is putting you off getting started) growing crops in pots is the way to go, especially in winter.
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Grow greens to go
Eat Your Greens! Here we explore the delights of growing a constant supply of fresh healthy greens to feed the family - 365 days of the year.
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Brassica massacre
Most of us happily shrug off the odd hole in a home grown cabbage leaf, but serving poached caterpillars with the broccoli gets beyond a joke! White butterfly and the smaller diamond back moth are two major pests of brassica crops in warmer months.
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Grow brassicas
Autumn is planting time for the queen of the brassicas, broccoli.
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Grow root vegetables
Once you've sampled the earthy sweetness of carrots and parsnips from your own garden, the shop bought ones may never taste the same.
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Grow cabbage
Eating lots of cabbage - and other brassicas, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cavolo nero, kale and Chinese greens - helps keep us 'regular' and reduces our risk of cancer.
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Grow peas
Peas are favourite winter grown crops and especially fun for kids who are usually delighted to discover that peas actually come from little green packages call pods, not just frozen in plastic bags.
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Grow silverbeet
Humble Hero - the virtues of a great kiwi standby.
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Grow your greens
They are among winter's most powerful health foods, especially when you grow your own. The nutrient rich veges we call brassicas reach peak flavour when chilly weather causes their sugar content to rise
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Know your onions
Even if you don't have the space to grow your own supply of fat brown bulbs, you need never be without an onion alternative. Its flavour and health benefits abound in a whole family of easily accommodated plants.
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Grow early veges and strawberries
The most delicious vegetables of all are those whose season is short. And the shorter the delay from garden to plate, the more divine they will taste - which means there's no better way than growing your own. It's time to plant now!
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Grow easy salads from seed
Leafy greens are among the healthiest foods we could eat. They are also the easiest food to grow.
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Grow parsnips
Growing perfect parsnips is all about preparation, precision and patience. Sue Linn learns some time-honoured tricks.
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15-Dec-2017