A very exciting day for us today…… we had Jason from Suburban Farmer come out and set up 3 huge raised garden beds for us and fill them with a heap of herbs and veggies!
My tips on setting up your own veggie garden….
- choose an area where you enjoy spending time. If the veggie garden is right down the back of the block or hidden down the side of the house, there is a good chance it will get neglected, maybe not in the first couple of months, but once the novelty wears off. I chose an area near where the kids play, so in the afternoons, the kids can ride their bikes while I enjoy a glass of wine whilst watering my veggies.
- if you need it, get a professional. This was on my to do list for over 18 months as I was struggling where to start….. which to order and from where etc. Once I discovered the Suburban Farmer in Perth everything became easy and quick! For people in Perth, he offers a complete package, choice of sturdy garden beds, setup, soil, seeds and advice on gardening. This was exactly what I needed!
- choose vegetables and herbs you use regularly. This way your garden will save you money year round and you will be out there each day basing your meals around what’s ripe and ready to pick. This is the ultimate way to grocery shop with no waste!
- choose high sided beds. I have a dog who will literally eat anything…. so these beds with the high sides will keep him out and also being close to the kids play area they wont use them as sandpits.
- plant the labels with the plants. As much as you think you will remember what everything is, there is actually just as much chance in 4 or 5 months, you will look at a herb or plant and wonder if its this or this. To get the most out of your garden, you need to know what everything is and when the best time to pick it is.