There are few things more fulfilling than harvesting your own crop of vegetables from your own garden. Before you start, however, check with mum or dad where in the garden you could do this. If you already have a garden bed you can use, then this will be easy. If you have to build one yourself, then there are a variety of easy to assemble veggie patches available from hardware stores and nurseries.
Items You Will Need:
- Seeds: broad beans, peas, onions, garlic, and winter varieties of lettuce (cos, salad bowl, oakleaf, butterhead, and mignonette) will all grow and survive in Canberra this time of year
- Organic potting mix (optional – depending on the quality of your soil)
- Gardening gloves
- Somewhere to plant (existing garden bed or vegie patch); and
- Something to signpost where you have planted your seeds like a popsicle stick with the vegetable name written on it.
How to Create It:
- Follow the directions on the back of the seed packet with regards to spacing the seeds, required sunlight, whether you can place seeds straight into the ground or if they need to sprout in punnets first, and the depth to plant them in the soil
- Wearing your gardening gloves and using your trowel, create a small hole in the soil
- Half-fill the hole with potting mix (optional)
- Place the seed at the depth specified on the back of the seed packet
- Cover with soil
- Place your sign where you planted your seeds, so you know where to water; and
- Water the area well and do every day for about a week until they start to sprout then only water every second day. You can check your soil with your finger – if it’s damp, no need to water but if it’s dry then water it.